GVMS Parent Newsletter

Quarter 1 - September 2022

What an amazing start to the school year. The students are adjusting well and shaking off the summer rust. We are excited to have them back at GVMS and filling it with energy and enthusiasm for learning. We have made a few changes and we believe that we will challenge all students to be "their" best selves. We are looking forward to an extremely productive year.

NWEA TESTING!

I would like to thank the students for working hard on their NWEA testing. We use assessment data to differentiate instruction as well as to provide Success Periods and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to meet the learning needs of every one of our students. Thank you for your continued support.

LUNCH and Success Periods - Started Friday September 20th

The students were given a hard copy of the new lunch and success period times at first hour on Tuesday the 20th. Please check with them for the new times.

PAC - Parent Advisory Council

Joining the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is a great way to get involved in your student’s education, stay informed, meet other parents and learn about volunteer opportunities at GVMS. We meet quarterly to answer your questions, discuss important school issues, plan special events and get school updates from the school.

If you are interested please call GVMS and ask for Julie. (970) 285-5707. We will have our first meeting in October, the exact date and time will be set once we gather information from those interested.

Raptor Visitor Management System

Visitor, Volunteer, and Background Check Procedures

Dear Garfield 16 Community,


Beginning September 6, 2022, any visitors entering a school during the school day will go through a screening process in the office. Visitors will be screened through the Raptor system which checks registered sex offender databases. The system produces an ID badge sticker with the visitor’s name and picture that the visitor wears for the duration of the visit.


How does it work?

The visitor provides his/her driver’s license to the secretary for scanning. Once scanned, the visitor is stored in the school’s system as an approved visitor. The visitor received an ID badge sticker with the visitor’s name and picture and date of the visit. If the visitor returns, the information is stored in the system so the visitor just has to give his/her name to the secretary, and the secretary can print out a new badge with a new date.


What if the visitor doesn’t have a driver’s license?

The secretary can enter the visitor’s name in the database. This takes a bit more time, so having a driver’s license is helpful.


What happens if someone with a sex offense record tries to come into the school?

The Raptor system sends an alert to the principal who will handle the situation. If the visitor is a parent and must attend a meeting for his/her child, the parent will be escorted by a staff member at all times.


Does the Raptor database show a person’s full criminal record?

No. It only links to the sex offender database for all 50 states.


Who will need to go through the screening process?

Anyone who is visiting the school will go through this screening process. Examples include:

  • Parents coming into the school for a meeting, activity, or event that occurs during the school day. This includes parents who may be helping in the school during the school day.

  • Guest speakers, contractors, and other visitors authorized by the principal.


What about volunteers?

Volunteers will also be screened using the Raptor system, but they also need to have an FBI background check that includes fingerprinting. Volunteers may be alone with students or supervise students, so we have this added layer of protection to keep the students safe. Contact the school’s principal for more information about volunteers.


Will the schools use Raptor for after school events?

No. Raptor will only be used during the school day when students are in school.

Our goal is to keep our students safe. We encourage parents to attend activities and events to support their children, and we want to make it easy for parents to attend. We believe the Raptor system will be a faster and more convenient way to register as a visitor to the school.



Sincerely,

Jennifer Baugh

Interim Superintendent of Schools

Resources for Families

Our School Based Family Resource Center does a great job connecting Garfield16 Students and Families with resources. Please check out their Facebook Page and Website for for information about programs and resources, which may benefit you and your family.


FACEBOOK

WEBSITE


Please do not hesitate to reach out to our School Based Family Resource Center for more information.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Claudia Flores Cruz

Center Coordinator

970-285-5262

cflorescruz@garfield16.org

GVMS Athletics

2022-2023 Bus (Transportation website)

If you have any questions please contact the Transportation Department at 970-285-5700 ext. 5130

Forms and Information

Medical Forms

Hello and welcome back from the Health clerk. The medical forms you might need are on the GVMS website. If your child will be taking any medication at the school you will need to fill out the proper form. Please have the forms filled out by your child's medical provider before returning to school. Call Julie (970) 285-5707 option 1 to set up a time to bring in your child's medications.

(If you need any medical forms please go the GVMS website)

Opt-Out Form for Student Image Publishing

If you DO NOT want your child’s photograph, video, and/or electronic image to be published for news media or school publicity purposes, please complete this form, and return it to your GVMS by September 3rd.

Digital Opt - Out Form Information

Student Use of the Internet:

Student Use of the Internet and Electronic Communications (District Policy: JS*) - Given that the benefits outweigh the risks, the District will provide appropriate Internet access to each student, unless that student's parents/guardians have indicated in writing that they prefer to deny their child such access. If you would like to opt your student OUT on internet access please notify the GVMS office at 970-285-5707.


Student Image Publishing:

Student Image Publishing (District Policy: JRA/JRC-E-3-) Classroom activities and school events are sometimes photographed or videotaped by the school or media groups (newspaper, television, university, district public relations, etc.) In addition, the district or school may want to post articles, video, or photography on district or school websites.


(Public events such as sporting events, theatre productions, etc. are open to the public and are not covered by this form.)

FAQ


Q: What are school start and end times

A: The first bell rings at 7:47 and the first class starts at 7:55. The last bell rings at 4:15.


Q: What school supplies will my child need to provide?

A: The district provides most supplies for students.


Q: Can my child ride a bus to school.

A: Yes! Please contact our director of transportation, Steve Gardner, for any questions or for more information at (970) 285-5700 ext 5130.


Q: What kind of technology will my child have access to?

A: All students at GVMS will have their own Chromebook. They will be able to take their Chromebooks home with them. We highly encourage you to purchase Chromebook insurance to protect you in case of accidental damage. Technology insurance forms will be sent home with students on the 1st day of school.