Grand Forks Central High School Weekly Communication
Keeping you updated and informed for the week of May 4, 2020
GFC Graduation Update
Senior Graduation Speaker Tryout Information
If you are a GFC Graduating Senior, for this 2020 school year, you are welcome to try-out to be a graduation speaker. Although we may not know exactly how or when, we do know that there will be a graduation, and we do know that we need speakers like you! So, we will be holding try-outs, virtually, for anyone who will be graduating and is interested in being one of our speakers.
These are the guidelines:
1. You will write an original speech of 2-5 minutes in length. Please consider the following when constructing your speech:
- This graduation is for all graduates; you don’t want to have content which will exclude a part of your class. No “inside jokes”
- This is a classy event, and we are a classy school, so keep it classy. If you can’t say it to your principal or grand-parent (not that those two are connected in anyway) you probably shouldn’t be saying it at all.
- Content: It’s good to have a theme, use a famous quote or saying, and think outside the box. What, in your opinion, makes GFC, its students, and its staff special?
- What’s happening right now has greatly affected your class. Although you may certainly mention what’s going on with COVID-19, social distancing, and online learning, it doesn’t have to be a focus of your speech. It’s your speech!
- Feel free to deliver off of your manuscript or note-cards. This shouldn’t be memorized.
2. You will need to record yourself speaking and send that recording (video) to Mrs. Kalka’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. The video is due, by 4:00 PM on Friday, May 8th.
4. From there, the videos will be judged by a panel of GFC staff members.
5. The judges will rank the speeches, and the top three will be chosen as speakers.
6. We will let you know who is chosen.
7. Those speakers will work over Zoom with Mrs. Kalka on the speeches before they deliver.
Please contact Mrs. Kalka if you have any questions.
Send in your Clip for the Senior Video
It's Teacher Appreciation Week!
It's also School Nurse Day on Wednesday, May 6. Thank you to Mrs. Slaathaug for all of her work this year at Central!!
Central Staff Raises over $3000 for GFC Families in Need - You can help, too!
Families interested in contributing to this fund can also do so by going to the GF Foundation for Education donation page: https://donate.gffoundation.org/giving
Under the Designation drop down menu, please choose OTHER and type in GFC COVID 19 in the cell below. This is the way to ensure the funds go to Central families. Please do not confuse this with an existing COVID 19 relief fund which is part of the drop down menu.
2020 Summer School Information
We are pleased to announce that high school summer school classes will be offered this school year from June 1st through July 7th. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classes will be delivered online through remote learning. If your high school student has already registered for summer school, they will be receiving teacher and course information the week of May 25th -29th. If you would like to register your student for summer school, you will find both the course offerings and registration link here https://bit.ly/GFPSSummerSchoolRegistration
The deadline to register is May 15th, and only courses with a sufficient number of students registered will be offered. Please contact your student’s counselor if you have questions regarding course selection.
From the Counseling Office
It’s the first week of May and we have one month of distance learning under our belts. In this time of distance learning, we have made many contacts with our GFC students and families. If you are needing social/emotional support, have academic concerns or questions, or are thinking about and needing help with college or career planning, please reach out to your class counselor. We can connect you with our Career Center as well if information from them is what you need.
As we are all continuing in keeping safe distancing with others, knowing and identifying your Sources of Strength is important. This week, our school counseling practicum student, Mrs. Johnson, brings you information about positive friends in this following clip: https://youtu.be/JGQRr5Yjcc8
There is a brand new scholarship that has been made available to GFC Seniors from Altru. Please go to this link https://www.gfschools.org/Page/3141 then scroll down to the Current Scholarship Listings to find this scholarship and others that are still available.
In other exciting news, notification that the call for Senior Class Speakers has been sent out! If you are interested in trying-out, please see that communication and email Mrs. Yvonne Kalka if you have any questions.
Awards Night plans are coming together so please stay tuned for information in the coming days/weeks about the how and when for this. While this night will not be in person, there is a plan coming together to celebrate scholarship and award recipients.
Graduation plans are beginning to be discussed. There will be communication as soon as we as a district know the how and when for this as well. We are all working hard to provide you and your families with a meaningful culmination of your education through the experience of a graduation while working within the guidelines of social distancing and keeping everyone safe.
Keep working diligently in your classes and reach out to teachers or me if you are in need of support. We are almost there, Seniors!! I am so proud of each one of you!
R U Ready!!!
Juniors are encouraged to utilize their RU Ready accounts to accomplish post high planning. Use your login from middle school and click around the site to plan for your senior year, search for college majors, find scholarship information, and much more. I urge juniors to get started on this now; don't wait until your senior year begins. If you have trouble signing in, please send an email to me.
Account name: nd.lastname.firstname.mmddyyyy
Password: lunch account number
Please send some time on fastweb.com for scholarship information. Although juniors may not be able to apply yet, it is a great idea to review some applications so they know what to expect, especially what kind of essays may be required for some scholarships.
COUNSELOR CONTACT INFORMATIONhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1fy-51GysxB9upFKCupTs6-qZRUxJ8Q02/view?usp=sharing
COVID 19 COMMUNITY RESOURCES
Library/Media Center - E-Reading
ONLINE READING RESOURCES
GFC library’s website of the week for audiobooks is Audible. These stories were hand-picked by Audible editors and offer a mix of education, entertainment, and general interest titles. Listeners can access the site from any device and enjoy selections in six different languages.
There is no login - just click on the link above and start listening!
Keep reading, Knights!
GFC Student-Created Video: Mental Health
Students in Dr. Ryberg's Dual Credit Speech class and Mr. Lennon's video production classes collaborated this year to create many informational videos about policies and procedures at Central. Please follow the link to the video related to mental health information.
The following support options are available via phone for students who need help/support or would like to communicate the name of someone they are worried about to an adult.
GFPS Counselor Crisis Team
Available: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday
Hotline for someone who needs someone to talk to, not limited to suicidal ideation
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Text-A-Tip to Grand Forks Police Department
Available: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday thru Friday
Verbs of the 4th Quarter
Explain - to make known or understandable; The video explains the proper way to wash your hands.
- Justify - to prove to be just, right, or reasonable; During the trial, it was hard for Joe to justify his behavior.
- Claim - to state that something is true; He claims that his treatment of tigers was ethical.
GFC Teacher Office Hours and Contact Information
While students are learning online during Quarter 4, teacher office hours are held from 8:45am-9:45am and from 2:00pm - 3:00pm Monday - Thursday. They are also available via email and can respond to voicemails during this time. Responses can be expected within 24 hours (business days). NOTE: Teachers who return or initiate calls will be using personal phones and have been asked to dial *67 prior to calling so they will come up as "blocked" on your cell phones.
Below is a link to email addresses and voicemail extensions for GFC staff.