Gallatin High Weekly Update

Week of September 28, 2020

General Overview

Our students showed enthusiastic school spirit on our dress up days, despite a subdued Homecoming Week. Our sports teams have also had an impressive showing in recent weeks.


We recognize that this has been a challenging start to the school year. However, we want to reinforce that by communicating with each other and working together, we can support our GHS students in pursuing the best possible education in these most uncertain circumstances. In the face of challenge, when things are feeling out of our control, it is often empowering to think about the things we can control. Here is a great resource about how you can help frame the current challenges for your students. Also, here is a short video (5 min) video that can help all of us train our brain to deal with the traumatic stress associated with a global pandemic. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to a teacher, counselor, dean or administrator.

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Important Dates and the Week Ahead

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGES


  • · Next week, the remote learning day will change from Wednesday to Tuesday to accommodate the state ACT at BHS.

    • Monday, October 5th-Track A in person
    • Tuesday, October 6th-remote learning
    • Wednesday, October 7th-Track A in person
    • Thursday and Friday, October 8-9th-Track B in person


  • The following week, Track days will be changed to accommodate the MEA weekend.
    • Monday, October 12th-Track A
    • Tuesday, October 13th-Track B
    • Wednesday, October 14th-Remote learning

  • In lieu of Back to School Night, all teachers have created an introductory video in Canvas. Please see the Announcements section of each course's Canvas page to view these introductions.


This Weekend


Thursday, October 1

  • State Golf

  • Boys Soccer vs. Senior @ BHS, 5pm

  • Girls Soccer vs. Senior @ BHS, 7pm

  • FB @ Skyview, 7pm


Friday, October 2

  • State Golf


Saturday, October 3

  • State Golf

  • Soccer games cancelled due to Covid at Belgrade High


Picture re-takes are coming soon-see information below.

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Canvas and Grade Information

Grade Update


  • We are still working on the technical side of connecting the Canvas gradebook to Powerschool. In the meantime, all grades will be viewable and updated in PowerSchool. Please do not use the Canvas gradebook feature to access accurate grades.
  • We are noticing a lag time between when assignments are submitted in Canvas and when the submission appears in the student view. Please be aware that submitted assignments may not show up in Canvas for teachers for 1-2 hours. Teachers will then need to grade the work before entering the grades in PowerSchool.
  • If you have any questions about grades or assignments, first check PowerSchool and then contact the teacher.
  • Please remember that all students should be logging into Canvas, completing assignments, and participating in any synchronous activities on the days they are remote learning.

Canvas


  • To pair with your student's Canvas page, please follow these instructions.
  • For general Canvas questions, please access these resources here.
  • Some issues can be solved by ensuring your are logging in to the correct screen (see images below).
  • Parents have let us know that viewing student progress in the app is easier if you have more than one student.
  • Most Canvas questions can be resolved by following Steps 1 and 2 below:



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 canvas@bsd7.org and support staff from the curriculum and technology department will respond to the parent/student request for support

Back to School Night

In lieu of a traditional Back to School Night, all teachers have created an introductory video in Canvas. To view these videos, please log in to Canvas. For each class click on "Announcements" in the left hand menu. You should be able to view each teacher's video from the Announcements page. If you have any questions, please reach out directly to the teacher.
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Activities

School Clubs

Clubs are getting up and running at Gallatin High School. If you or your student would like to join a club, please see the daily bulletin in PowerSchool for club meeting times.


Student Council

Student Council meets weekly to plan events for the school. Currently they are suggestions to Name the Raptor. Anyone interested in joining student council can attend a meeting or contact ghsstuco@bsd7students.org


Spirit Club

Spirit Club is a club formed to generate a sense of community for our school and support all students. They have been making signs to wish our sports teams well and soon will begin a Shoutout program to recognize students and staff for all of the big and small things they do to make Gallatin High a great place to be. If you are interested in joining Spirit Club, please email GHSspiritclub@bsd7students.org


GHS Boosters

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 gallatinhighpac@gmail.com if you're interested in attending a meeting.

Sports Recap

  • Our boys golf team won the Divisional Championship in Billings and are currently competing in the State championship this weekend. Four members of the girls golf team also qualified as individuals.
  • Boys and Girls soccer both blanked CMR last weekend with the boys wining 4-0 and the girls winning 6-0.
  • Our football team lost to Billings West, but played hard to the end and never gave up.
  • Last weekend, cross-country girls finished third overall at their meet and our team finished second in their quad.
  • The Raptor volleyball team swept Belgrade 3-0 last Saturday.
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Mental Health Awareness Week - October 4-10

This week (Sunday, October 4th-Saturday, October 10th) is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Every year, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and participants across the country participate in efforts to educate the public on the reality of living with a mental health condition. The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want you to know.” Visit NAMI for more information on its national initiatives.


This Thursday, October 8th is National Depression Screening Day. This is an opportunity to recognize the impact that depression and mental health challenges have on our community, to access support for ourselves or for our loved ones, and to fight back against stigma. On October 8th, local mental health support agencies will be operating booths around Gallatin County (including in downtown Bozeman) to provide education about depression and offer screenings. Confidential online screenings for depression, anxiety, addiction, and other mental health challenges are also available through Mental Health America Screenings.


Other information about mental health supports available in our community or to be connected to resources, contact Montana 2-1-1.


Help is available: National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1(800)273-8255 ; Lifeline Chat