Gallatin High Weekly Update
Week of October 5-9
As Covid numbers in Gallatin County and Montana continue to set record highs, it's understandable that students and parents may begin to worry about what that means for the winter. Again, in these changing times it is important to focus on what we can control. Continuing to wear a mask when in public, wash hands regularly, and physically distance whenever possible will help keep our community healthy and give us a better chance to keep kids in school in person for a longer period of time. Additionally, this article from HealthyChildren.org discusses how to build resilience during uncertain times.
Kyle Newman's English I students annotate a short story.
Jerry Reisig teaching students at school and at home about accelaration in physics.
Jane Wyatt's English II students join in from home on a class discussion about literary devices before reading "Beowulf".
Canvas Help and Updates
Our tech department is continuing to work out the technical connection between Canvas and PowerSchool. This week this resulted in many unfamiliar classes appearing on students' Canvas home screens. No need to panic about these courses. They will soon disappear once we are able to streamline this technical connection. We are waiting to hear back from PowerSchool in order to update and fix this issue. In the meantime, students can ignore these new courses.
Confusion about where to find assignments and due dates
Our Gallatin High department leaders met this week and one point of discussion was how to streamline Canvas pages for students so it is easier to find resources and assignments across all teachers' Canvas pages. We recognize that each teacher has set up their page in slightly different ways and this creates confusion for students. We will begin implementing some small changes that will make it easier for students to navigate across Canvas courses.
Don't forget to use PowerSchool to check grades and missing assignments. The Canvas gradebook does not include accurate grades for students.
Step 1. Check Student/Parent Website for login and pairing support, as well as common tech troubleshooting associated with Canvas. CLICK HERE
Step 2. E-mail email@example.com and support staff from the curriculum and technology department will respond to the parent/student request for support
Ceramics students working on hand built projects.
Chris Montano's English I students learning about Greek gods and goddesses.
Steve Riccio's GeoPhysical Science students' seed projects.
Updated Student Drop Off Route
The Week Ahead
- Track A in person
Tuesday, October 13
- Track B in person
- Soccer playoffs begin
Wednesday, October 14
- PSAT at GHS
- remote learning for all students
Thursday, October 15
- No school for students
- Cross-country hosts home meet
- Volleyball team back in action
- Crosstown football game
Friday, October 16
- No school for students
Due to Labor Day and the PIR day, Track A has missed two in person days compared to Track B. This will balance out during Thanksgiving week when only Track A will meet in person on Monday and Tuesday.
Get Involved at Gallatin High
Has your student always wanted to act silly in front of a crowd with the shield of anonymity? If so, encourage them to apply to be the Raptor mascot for sporting events. Interested students can stop by the main office. Also, we are currently accepting suggestions for the "Name the Mascot" contest.
Project Connect is a group of parents who volunteer in the school to promote a positive and welcoming school climate. For information about how to get involved or to sign up for a training, check out their website.
Would you like to become a Raptor Booster and support students as they pursue all activities at Gallatin High School? Please visit https://gallatinhighboosters.com/join-now/ for more information.
Gallatin High PAC
The PAC meets virtually the third Tuesday of each month. Please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in attending a meeting.
Crosstown soccer last Tuesday
Sarah Sigler's Spanish students work together from class and at home to expand their Spanish vocabularly.
Crosstown soccer match