Galesburg Jr./Sr. High School

December Family Newsletter

Parents and Guardians,

Last month I shared with you our staff's concern regarding the increase in aggressive behaviors among our students, so I thought I would share how we are addressing the issues. Currently, students in grades 7 and 8 are participating in a behavioral expectations assembly. We are addressing issues that are of most concern to our teaching staff—specifically hallway and cafeteria behavior. We plan on having grade-level meetings for all students during the second semester to share information and discuss areas of concern.

Hallway Expectations- Our students need to walk in the hallways for safety purposes. For timeliness, students should walk directly to their next class, using the most direct hallway or stairwell. Finally, for every student's well-being, our students need to keep their hands to themselves.

Cafeteria Expectations- Students need to pick up after themselves. This seems pretty simple, but this is a problem at ALL grade levels. Please have a conversation with your students regarding this expectation.

As I have stated before, parents and guardians have the biggest influence on their own students. We are asking for your help. Please have conversations with your students regarding these basic areas of concern. Our goal is to provide your students with a clean and safe learning environment.

Winter Benchmarking- Your students will be participating in NWEA MAP for grades 7-12 and iReady Math testing in grades 7-8 starting Monday, December 5th. This testing is important because it tracks the level of progress your student has achieved through this school year. The amount of effort applied is a big issue with our students. We are asking that you have a conversation with your student regarding giving their best effort. Results from the testing provide direction for our teachers regarding their instruction. Your help regarding "best effort" is appreciated.

Parent/Teacher Conferences- We encourage you to sign-up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Our conference date this quarter is Thursday, December 15th, from 3:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. If you would like to schedule a conference, you may sign-up through Skyward Family Access or call to make an appointment at (309) 973-2258.

Pack the Pantry Challenge- I think it is great when our students give back to the community. Community service is a life skill/characteristic that benefits the greater good of the community. Our advocacies will be participating in a Pack the Pantry challenge. Each area of the school is asked to be generous in their giving to provide basic supplies. Please see the attached flyer to identify what items to donate. Thank you for giving back to help others.

In Silver and Gold,

Mr. Hawkins

Galesburg Area Vocational Center Updates

  • We have openings for the following programs for Spring 2023; Health Occupations, Nutrition (DC through CSC), Engineering Design, Drone Maintenance & Operation, AR/VR, Introduction to Teaching

  • Health Occupations students have begun their clinical experience. Students are learning how to care for residents at Seminary Manor using skills they have learned in class. Once the clinical experience is complete, students will test for their CNA license.

  • Building Trades students have been working with Habitat for Humanity on projects around the Galesburg community. Projects include demolition on a project for the Galesburg Symphony as well as building a ramp for a family in Galesburg. In addition, the program is working with a family building a home in the area. Students have been able to be on site to do work with the builder.

  • Culinary Occupations students attended an open house at Illinois Central College to see what is offered in their culinary program.

  • Law Enforcement students had the opportunity to participate in a fingerprinting lab. In addition, students had a presentation from a GPD K-9 unit and will have presentations from a border patrol agent and a probation officer later this month.

  • Early Childhood students are completing their field experience in classrooms at Bright Futures & Silas Willard. Observation hours are completed on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

  • AP Computer Science students will be taking the Python Entry Level Programmer Certification Exam (PCEP) on December 14. The PCEP is a professional credential that measures a student’s ability to accomplish coding tasks related to the essentials of programming in the Python language.

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Celebrate the Season with Holly Days at Galesburg Junior Senior High School

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Student Reminders

Student Dress- Student dress (including accessories) may not advertise, promote, picture, or display alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, violent behavior, or other inappropriate images, lewd, vulgar, obscene, or offensive language or symbols, including gang symbols.

Lunch- Galesburg Junior/Senior High School is a closed campus. This means that students are not allowed to leave campus to get lunch. Our servery is newly remodeled and provides many nutritious choices for our students. Additionally, our new student commons provide students with a spacious atmosphere to enjoy lunch with their friends.
Start Time- On a regular school day, school starts at 7:40 a.m. This means students are expected to be seated in their classrooms, ready to learn, at 7:40 a.m.

Restrooms- Our restrooms have been newly remodeled. Please use the restrooms appropriately.

Lockers- Students are to place coats and backpacks in their lockers during the school day. It is also a great location to store their cell phone.

Upcoming Dates to Remember

12/6 GHS Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band Concert, Hegg Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

12/9 Half-Day Student Attendance

12/12 Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

12/13 GJHS 7/8 Holiday Choir Concert, Hegg Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

12/15 GHS Choirs Holiday Choir Concert, Hegg Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

12/19 GJHS 7/8 Holiday Band Concert, Hegg Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

12/21 One Hour Early Dismissal, End 2nd Quarter

12/22-1/6 Winter Break, No School

1/9 Teachers' Institute, No School

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Congratulations Illinois State Scholars

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