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January 22, 2016

Leadership Crew Update

The GISD Navigator Leadership Crew is pleased to announce GISD’s first Everyday Leadership mini-workshop scheduled for Friday, January 29. The workshop theme is Leading in the Moment, and attendees will learn about GISD’s definition of leadership; how to identify simple, everyday actions that model leadership; understand the impact of in-the-moment choices; and how to challenge themselves to be a leader. At GISD, we believe that leadership involves everyone, and everyone can inspire others and make an impact to make great things happen.

The Leadership Crew invites all GISD employees to attend this short, but powerful, workshop to learn how they can have a greater impact on others each and every day.

  • Friday, January 29, 2016
  • 10:00-11:30 –OR– 1:00-2:30 (choose either the morning or afternoon session)
  • Erwin L. Davis Education Center – Conference Area ABCD
  • No charge to attend!

Register for this professional learning opportunity here.

Genesee Career Institute Open House

Bring your 9th or 10th grader to the Genesee Career Institute Open House between 3:30 and 6:00 p.m. on February 8 and be one of the first to see our brand new Innovation Zone!

Come and EXPLORE our 30-plus programs, EXPERIENCE our curriculum in classroom labs and demonstrations, and talk with students and instructors about how to EXCEL in one of our programs. At GCI, students also have the opportunity to earn college credit and scholarships, participate in work-based learning, and receive job placement services.

Find more Open House details here.

Staff Members Assist Families in Need

The staff at the Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center (MCIC) donated $1,233.00 to assist needy families over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. MCIC staff provided 35 food boxes that were acquired through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. MCIC leaders wish to thank Head Custodian Troy Dean, who picked up the boxes from the Food Bank; the MCIC staff that distributed the boxes to the families; and GISD’s Transportation staff who graciously took boxes on their buses to family homes.

A Musical December at Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center

The month of December was packed full of fun, musical events for Marion D. Crouse Instructional Center (MCIC) students and staff.

On December 7, the Troubadours performed and interacted with students. Their theme, Harambee: Let’s Work Together, inspired students to work and play together for positive results. The musicians also offered students the opportunity to play various instruments, including the violin, viola, cello, drum, and guitar.

Second and third graders from Genesee Christian elementary school visited MCIC on December 9. They treated MCIC’s elementary unit students to selections from their Christmas concert, as well as some favorite carols. MCIC students treated their guests to cookies and punch and everyone had a great time!

On December 16, staff and students were assisted by 17 members of the Hamady High School Honor Society in a performance of the musical revue Kindness Matters. Several staff members lent their musical talents to the performances, including Principal Sue O’Brien. Families and friends packed the school gym to share in the holiday cheer. Song selections for the revue were inspired by a year-long special education project on Positive School Climate, and this year’s show aimed to explore and celebrate the components of kindness, gratitude, and caring for one another.

The 70-voice Flushing High School Choir, under the direction of Nate Degner, visited MCIC on December 18. The choir interacted with students musically during classroom visits, and MCIC students served as escorts for choir members as they caroled from classroom to classroom. During the caroling, MCIC students also used iPads to help sing several familiar holiday tunes. This annual event promotes awareness and friendship. Members of the choir say that this is a highlight of their choir experience.

On December 22, the Swartz Creek High School Choir, directed by Jared Leuck, visited MCIC for an hour of music. They performed 30 minutes of song selections from their 2015 Christmas Concert and then went into the audience to sing carols with MCIC students and staff. The joy in the room was palpable!

See the Work of a GISD Student Artist

Staff are invited to visit to view the artwork of talented artist Samuel Grant, who attends the Elmer A. Knopf Learning Center. Samuel paints and draws from a unique perspective and is unlimited in his creativity and passion for art. Much of his artwork features dogs and cats, in addition to other styles of whimsical art. Check out his website to see his talent for yourself!

Important Notice for All MTA Eligibility Cardholders

In January 2016, the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) will begin recertification by processing new MTA eligibility cards (yellow cards). MTA clients who possess an MTA eligibility card older than one year must reapply at the Mass Transportation Authority Transportation Center in downtown Flint between January 4 and April 30, 2016.

If the eligibility card is less than one year old, passengers will not need documentation from a doctor, but will need to obtain a new card. They must bring valid picture identification. In order to obtain a new card, passengers who have eligibility cards over one year old must present a current statement from their doctor, on letterhead, and have valid picture identification. Passengers 65 years and older do not need to reapply.

Recertification times:

  • Mondays: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
  • Wednesdays: 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.
  • Fridays: 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call the MTA customer service department at (810) 767-0100.

An Opportunity to Volunteer

The Genesee County Literacy Coalition assists adults and children in the community who need help with their literacy skills. If you would like to help individuals learn to read, assist them with math or to learn English as a Second Language, or even help them finish the GED process, then the Genesee County Literacy Coalition wants to hear from you!

The coalition will be hosting two training sessions to help prepare volunteers to become tutors. The first session is scheduled for Saturday, January 30 and the second session will be held on Saturday, February 6. Both sessions run from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

To learn about the requirements for becoming a tutor and for more details about the training sessions and other volunteer opportunities, contact the Genesee County Literacy Coalition at (810) 919-5078 or by email at

Genesee Intermediate School District

GISD is proud to be an NCA AdvancED accredited intermediate school district. Serving students, parents, educators, and the greater Genesee County community!