GIPS Monthly Update - Sept. 2023
Focus & Resources for the 2023-24 School Year
September 12th, 2023
Welcome to GIPS Monthly Update!
This online monthly newsletter features helpful information, notable updates, district stories, and more from Grand Island Public Schools.
Scroll to explore the latest from GIPS for September 2023.
Message from Mr. Fisher
With Labor Day behind us we now put our heads down and chug through the Fall ahead.
This is a great time of the year in our schools! Students and staff are settled into routines and the teaching and learning process is happening everyday. Whether it is a kindergarten student learning to count to 100 or a senior student mastering some complex mathematics formula there is a special joy that goes along with this for both teacher and student.
As the plans for this school year were being made, there was an intentional effort on helping our teachers have time to really focus on teaching. In some cases this was done through allowing teachers more time to plan lessons and to work together on refining those lessons. In some cases it was providing additional support in the classroom. In every case there was a move to not burden teachers with any new initiatives.
We want to give all our staff the chance to lead student learning in the classroom, in the lunchroom, in the hallways, through activities, and in every instance they are in contact with students.
For our students to be successful learners we know they need to be in a structured and regulated environment. A second focus for our staff as we move through this school year will be to provide positive supports for our students.
When we talk about positive supports for students, what we are really saying is we are going to acknowledge students when they do things right and we are going to correct behaviors when they do not meet our expectations. When students need additional support to meet expectations — we are going to provide that support.
The final focus we have set forward for our staff going into this year is that there be a high level of collaboration. We want teachers to help each other grow in the profession. We want our custodial staff to look for ways they can work together to be more productive and to grow in their jobs. The intent is that in every department across the district we can grow our people by having them share their talents and expertise with one another. The ultimate goal of this sharing is to create a better learning experience for our students.
Our rallying cry for this year is OUR TODAY, THEIR TOMORROW. Recognizing that everything we do in our jobs today impacts our student’s future is very powerful. Keeping the focus on students and giving our staff the time and tools they need to positively impact those students will make the learning process successful.
Thank you for your role in assuring THEIR TOMORROW is a bright one!
School Climate Survey
This month, 3rd - 12th Grade students in the district will have an opportunity to participate in the GIPS Fall School Climate Survey.
The survey for students will be open throughout the dates of September 5th - September 21st.
As a public school district, we have a state requirement to offer a survey every year to our students, parents, and staff to measure how students feel about the culture and climate in their schools. We provide this survey to students once in the Fall and once in the Spring.
Read the full update on the School Climate Survey, HERE.
If you have questions about the annual survey, please reach out to your building Principal directly or share a message through Let's Talk.
Teachers of the Year
Six Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) educators were honored earlier this month at the annual All Staff Welcome Back celebration!
During the Welcome Back ceremony, the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation presented the Teacher of the Year awards. The awards are presented annually to educators across the district saluting their positive impact in the classroom and beyond.
- Amy Anderson, 4th Grade Teacher - Howard Elementary
- Marla Rischling, Orchestra Teacher - Walnut/Barr/Westridge Middle Schools
- Jessica Whitmire, Business Teacher - GISH
- Kristin Schultz, Specialist Coordinator - Lincoln Elementary
- Angel Rojas-Acevedo, Bilingual Para - West Lawn Elementary
- Caitlin Jensen, Assistant Principal - Engleman Elementary
Read the full announcement, HERE.
GIPS Fine Arts
Your one-stop newsletter for all GIPS Fine Arts updates is here!
Here you will find news about our programs, teacher features that allow you to meet our Fine Arts teacher teams, and a calendar of events that shows what our students are doing.
Click the button below for all the exciting artistic opportunities we have across the district!
GISH Musical Tickets
Tickets are now on sale!
Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" will be presented by the Grand Island Senior High Fine Arts Department. Show dates will be:
- October 26th at 7:00 p.m.
- October 28th at 7:00 p.m.
- October 29th at 2:00 p.m.
Reserve your tickets online, HERE!
The production will feature the talents of over 130 GISH and GIPS students both on the stage and behind the curtain. You won't want to miss this magical show!
"The GIPS Cast" is the district podcast exploring the world of public education through the voices of Grand Island Public Schools.
Catch our latest episode featuring GIPS High School Teacher of the Year, Jessica Whitmire!
Mrs. Whitmire shares the importance of seeing every student, why classroom creativity matters, and what it's like to be honored at a teacher of the year.
GIPS Foundation Harvest
On September 28th, the GIPS Foundation will host their annual fundraising gala at Riverside Golf Club. Our goal is to raise additional unrestricted dollars to expand our programs so that we can be agile in our approach to meet the needs of our students.
Preview the silent and live auction items by clicking the image below. You don't need to be present at Harvest to get in on the action! Silent auction mobile bidding will open September 18th and close at 8:30 p.m. on September 28th.
We look forward to investing in students together at Harvest!
School Drop-Off Safety
Keeping our students, staff, and you — our families — safe is a team effort. We have put together an information video that provides our basic expectations and tips for successfully dropping-off and picking-up your student.
We have English and Spanish editions of the video linked below.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!
Catch the Islanders in action here in Grand Island! Here are some upcoming varsity events in September:
- Softball vs Lincoln North Star at Veteran's Complex - 5:00 p.m. - 9.12.2023
- Volleyball vs Lincoln SW at GISH West Gym - 6:30 p.m. - 9.12.2023
- Football vs Lincoln High at Memorial Stadium - 7:00 p.m. - 9.15.2023
- Girls Golf vs Kearney at Jackrabbit Run - 4:00 p.m. - 9.19.2023
- Softball vs Fremont at Veteran's Complex - 5:00 p.m. - 9.19.2023
- Volleyball vs Fremont at GISH West Gym - 6:30 p.m. - 9.21.2023
- Softball vs North Platte at Veteran's Complex - 5:00 p.m. - 9.25.2023
- Softball vs Lincoln high at Veteran's Complex - 7:00 p.m. - 9.26.2023
- Boys Tennis Triangular at GISH Tennis Courts - 4:00 p.m. - 9.27.2023
- Volleyball vs Lincoln High at GISH West Gym - 6:30 p.m. - 9.28.2023
- Girls Golf HAC Championships at Riverside Country Club - 9:30 a.m. - 9.29.2023
- Football vs Kearney at Memorial Stadium - 7:00 p.m. - 9.29.2023
Full activity calendar and ticket links for GISH may be found at the buttons below.
Did You Know?...
GIPS is Hiring Substitute Teachers!
We still have opportunities for Substitute Teachers across the district.
"Subs" are a vital part of our team of everyday heroes. Being a classroom sub is a wonderful way to support our students and enjoy being in our schools on a flexible schedule.
- PK - 12th Grade Opportunities
- Pick Your School
- Flexible Schedule
- New, Higher Pay
If you have any questions about Substitute Teaching at GIPS — please contact our HR department at 308.385.5900 ext. 201102 or share a message through Let's Talk.