GIS School Newsletter

August 2023

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Important Dates

Wednesday, August 30 ... Face to Face Open House 6-7

Tuesday, September 5 ... First Day of School 7:44 - 2:30

Tuesday, September 26 ... Picture Day

Monday, October 30 ... Picture Retakes

Wednesday, November 1 ... No School for Students (Staff PD)

A Message From the Principal

Welcome to the 2023-24 school year at Gaylord Intermediate School! We are excited to kick off another quality school year with high expectations for our students and staff. I firmly believe that education is a partnership between school, parents, and community. As a Gaylord Schools graduate I take great pride in being a blue devil and feel we provide a quality learning atmosphere for all students. Our mission at GCS is to provide a quality education that inspires each and every student to achieve their potential and become productive citizens. Like all school years there will be challenges and successes along the way. It is my hope that we can celebrate those successes together as well as respectfully communicate challenges to allow each and every student a positive experience at Gaylord Intermediate. Our motto here at the Intermediate school is "Expect the Best". We ask our students to do their best in academics and their best in behavior. Every student learns at a different pace and in different ways. When we speak of doing our best in academics we feel a growth mindset is crucial in being successful. Staff and students can grow educationally through hard work and dedication. It is our hope that through a growth mindset that our students will create a passion for learning and build a level of resilience that is essential for great accomplishments. In regards to doing our best in behavior we are encouraging our staff and students to be the best version of themselves. We look forward to working with you this school year and meeting you at our Open House next week. The 2023-24 school year is going to be a great year of learning for all!

Educationally Yours,

Sean Byram


Who is my Student's Teacher?

GIS has mailed out the following for your Student:

  1. Letter with Teacher Placement
  2. Student Information Record
  3. Directory Opt Out (This only needs to be completed if opting out of something)
  4. Student/Parent Agreement Signature Page

The completed documents can be brought to the teacher at our Open House or 1st day of school. We appreciate you completing these required documents in a timely manner so we have the most up to date information for our students. **If you have not received anything in the mail by Tuesday, please contact the main office.**


Our Open House this year will be from 6PM-7PM on Wednesday August 30th. It is an excellent opportunity to navigate the school and meet their teacher for the year. We are very excited to have our school filled with student excitement for another year!!

Other Information You Need To know

  • The School Day- School Begins at 7:44 AM and ends at 2:30 PM
  • Communication - To stay informed with what is happening at GIS, it is important that your contact information stays current throughout the school year. Please make sure that you have updated your contact information on your child's emergency card or call the school office with any changes throughout the year. Most of our communication is sent electronically and it is important that we can keep you informed.
  • Signing Students In and Out of School - When bringing your child after the start of the school day or picking your child up before the end of the school day, we need you to come in and sign him/her in or out. Students cannot sign themselves in or out.
  • Instant Alert Update - Our school district utilizes an automated system to notify parents of important events, such as school closings. These notifications, which enable us to get information out to thousands of students and their families in a matter of minutes, depend upon us having accurate contact information. Please make sure that you have current contact information in the GIS office so that you receive the alerts. If you have any questions or need to make a change to your contact information, please call the GIS office at (989) 731-0856.
  • Prescription and Over the Counter Medication at School- ALL students taking medication during the school day must complete the appropriate form(s). There has been some changes by the state of Michigan in regards to prescription medication at school. Now ALL prescription mediation must have a doctor's signature. Our prescription medication forms have been updated across the district. Here are links to our updated prescription medication form and our over the counter medication form to help you get a head start.

    Prescription Meds Form
    Over the Counter Meds Form

  • School Entrance - Access to the office will be through the front doors by the office. We continue to value our educational partnerships with our parents. Parents will be allowed to sign their child in and out of school or they can make an appointment for other matters.
  • Lockers - Fifth and sixth graders will be assigned a locker.
  • School Supply List - Please click the link for an optional school supply list.

    Grade Level School Supply List

  • Breakfast and Lunch - Students will eat breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria.

    For questions, please call 989-731-0969 EXT. 1254.
  • Band - At this time we are planning on offering band to our sixth grade students. Ms. Olson will be sharing band information with the sixth graders the first couple weeks of school during music class.
  • 1:1 Student Devices - Chromebooks will be housed in each classroom and infused into the daily instruction.
  • Busing - Parents will receive confirmation via Text and/or E-mail through Gaylord Schools Messaging System of route number, at that time we will have AM and PM estimated pick-up and drop-off times located on the GCS Webpage. Please allow extra time in the beginning as we are establishing routes.
  • Transportation Changes - Please call the school office as early in the day as you can (before 1:00 PM) if your child will need to go home in a manner that is different than s/he normally does. Students who do not have written parental permission or a phone call note from the office are not to make changes in how they go home or where they go after school.

Building Updates

Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

  • Student Arrival/Dismissal - The 2023-24 school day is 7:44 AM - 2:30 PM. Students being dropped off prior to 7:44 have a choice between coming in the building to enjoy a breakfast in the cafeteria, or being dropped off in our parent parking lot for the playground. (Noted on the GIS Traffic Flow List) Student supervision begins at 7:25.
  • Traffic Pattern - Please click the link GIS TRAFFIC FLOW for an image of drop off and pick up traffic flow. Please note that county road signage states when exiting the GIS Stadium parking lot that it is a RIGHT TURN ONLY. This helps with traffic flow during student drop off and pick up.
  • Bus Riders - Bus riders will enter the gym doors at 7:44AM and go directly to their classrooms unless they are eating a breakfast. Students should NOT be dropped off or picked up in our gym parking lot due to bus safety.


GIS Office Hours: 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday - Friday

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