Gallatin High Update

Student Update - May/June 2020

General Overview

As the school year winds down, it's hard to believe there are just three more months until Gallatin High opens this fall. While we know there are many questions given the Covid-19 situation and what may happen over the summer, one thing is for sure-we are excited to welcome the first Gallatin Raptors!
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Construction Update

Gallatin High is now more than 95% complete. The Certificate of Occupancy process has started and it will take several more weeks to move that process through each area of the building. There will be three main wings at Gallatin High. A-wing will be the three-story classroom building on the west side of campus. This wing is nearly complete and furniture is being loaded in everyday. B-wing is the long, two-story hall to the north, which contains the art classrooms and Career and Technical Education classes like Auto, BioMed, Business, Engineering, Family & Consumer Sciences, Metals and Woods. Things are wrapping up in B-wing and we hope to start unloading furniture here soon. B-wing has some great artistic siding that can be seen from Oak Street. C-wing is the athletics and performing arts area of the building. In C-wing we have the gyms, auditorium, weight & locker rooms, and music and theater classrooms.


Landscaping is going in around campus and final coats of paint will be painted in the parking lots soon. Inside tiling is happening in B-wing and the locker rooms and cabinetry is being installed in the concession stand and coffee kiosk. Carpet will go down in the auditorium and rubber flooring in the weight room in the next week or two. Right now it looks like we will gain occupancy right after the 4th of July.


This fall we plan to put a time capsule into the wall under the stairs in the Commons. If you have any ideas for what could be included in that time capsule, be sure on the lookout for a survey in your email where you can submit ideas.

School Culture

When GHS opens this fall, we will have approximately 900 students in grades 9-11. Each grade will be unique.

  • The class of 2022 will be the first graduating class from Gallatin High.
  • The class of 2023 will be the last class to have attended both BHS and GHS.
  • The class of 2024 will be the first class to spend all four years at Gallatin High School.
Each class will also carry an important responsibility in setting up the climate and culture of the school. Both students and teachers have indicated they want Gallatin High to be a safe and inclusive community where everyone feels connected and welcomed.


Over the summer, be thinking about the traditions we want to create and how Gallatin High will leave a lasting legacy in the Bozeman community.

Athletics and Activities

This week the district administration is in discussions with the County Health Department to determine what summer sports camps will look like under Phase Two of re-opening Montana. We know coaches are excited to connect with athletes to get started! If you are interested in playing sports at Gallatin High and have not yet reached out to the coaches, check out their contact information here and get in touch with them so you're in the loop on any summer activities.


We know many students are interested in carrying on Bozeman High's tradition of offering a wide range of clubs and activities for students. If you are interested in starting to establish a new club or want to start a Gallatin High chapter of a club that existed at Bozeman High, please reach out to Ms. Schnee in the survey that is coming soon so we can connect you with potential faculty sponsors.


Additionally, if you are interested in band, orchestra or choir and have not yet met our new music teachers, please reach out to:

Jeffrey Ruffcorn, Band Director - jeffrey.ruffcorn@bsd7.org

Michelle Maurer, Choir Director - michelle.maurer@bsd7.org

Mike Certalic, Orchestra Director - michael.certalic@bsd7.org

Student Council

We are excited that student council elections are in process. Student Body officers have been elected and soon we'll have class officers to help provide leadership for students. As soon as officers are installed, they will begin planning for grand opening events and our first Homecoming.


Any offices that are not filled this spring, including all freshman officers, will be elected in the fall. If you are interested in student council, there is still time to get involved!


Student Body President - Luke Terry

Student Body Vice-President - Tyler Nansel

Student Body Secretary - elected fall 2020

Student Body Treasurer - elected fall 2020

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Staffing

The Gallatin High staff is nearly complete. We have had two virtual staff meetings (see above) and the GHS staff is looking forward welcoming students as the school is up and running this fall. We have been discussing our core values as a school and the expectations for students. Over half the staff volunteered to help set up activities and events for the upcoming year to make it a special and inviting place for students, staff, and community members. The image below shows some of the core values of our staff as they create the vision for Gallatin High.
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General Logistics

Your Voice Matters

Please take a few moments to complete the survey in your email. We need your input as we prepare to open this fall.


Tours

As soon as the building is turned over the School District, the first week of July, we plan to provide tours for students, parents, and the community. These tours will follow current social distancing guidelines and information will be forthcoming at the end of June.


Back to School

Before school starts, we will be in communication with students and parents about bus routes, parent drop off locations, parking, lockers, and more. Be on the lookout for communication in early August with everything you need to know before school starts.


Covid-19

The Bozeman School District is working with state and local agencies to create options regarding what school might look like this fall. It is too soon to say at this point as we know things have changed quickly over the past three months. We anticipate updated information as the summer progresses. Superintendent Connors will be in communication as we get closer to the start of school, and I will follow up with any Gallatin High specifics as decisions are made.