GOPHER PARENT NEWSLETTER
GRESHAM HIGH SCHOOL, JUNE 4TH, 2021 EDITION
PRINCIPAL SHELTON'S MESSAGE
Dear Gopher Community;
We are ending yet another peculiar school year. We began the year with wildfires, school delays and continued uncertainty due to COVID-19. We stood strong and brave in the midst of the pandemic just as I would expect our Gopher community to do. As we begin to see our country metric move in the right direction and we begin to open as a community and country I want to let you know how proud I am to be the principal of this school and in this community.
Covid-19 forced us to make many changes in our educational services. Since March of 2020, our school community has had to re-think what education “looked” like. We had school on-line, virtual events and missed our friends. As we move forward,students continue to demonstrate diligence, motivation and determination to work to the best of their ability; learning new instruction and finishing the academic year- this is what makes me proud to be a Gopher!
As the year comes to an end, we need to remember all the wonderful things that happened; a year filled with new learning experiences, many accomplishments in academics, sports, and the arts. We have learned to be responsible, empathetic and safe. Epic awards, Gopher Grams and Gopher “Swag” were awarded this year to students who demonstrated improvement and diligence in their academics, this will continue as we transition next school year.
Please remember to KEEP GOING! The last day of school is just around the corner and we want to sprint through the finish line!
A shout-out goes out to parents and guardians, who made your home a school while trying to work from home, but still making the time and effort to teach and support your student, THANK YOU!
Please be sure to read each section of this newsletter. This will give you information as we conclude the school year and information as we begin next school year, hopefully back to “normal”.
Looking forward to a strong finish!
Principal Drake Shelton
Last Week of School
We want to make sure to get families and students information regarding the last week of school and the cohort change. Please pay close attention to the schedule below:
Monday- June 14th
AM- online courses
PM- AA cohort in-person- this will be the last day of in-person instruction for the AA cohort
ID BADGES will be collected in 7th period class.
Tuesday- June 15th
AM- online courses
PM- BB cohort in-person- this will be the last day of in-person instruction for the BB cohort
ID BADGES will be collected in 7th period class
Wednesday- June 16h
AM- online Advisory only (normal Wednesday schedule)
Thursday - June 17th
AM- online courses (last day of school)
PM- No online or in-person instruction
Last Day to accept student assignments by 3:30 PM
4 PM- Graduation @ GHS
Friday - June 18th
No School- Teacher Grading Day
Student Device/Other Items Return day - 8:30 - 4:00 pm
JUNE 2021 KNOW YOUR SCHOOL PARENT MEETING
Know Your School Parent Meeting
Tuesday, June 8 · 6:30 – 7:30pm
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/typ-rpvq-eha
Or dial: (US) +1 413-893-3079 PIN: 338 071 180#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/typ-rpvq-eha?pin=4088813535105
TEXTBOOK /SUPPLY PACK/TECH END OF YEAR RETURN
9 - 11th grade students will need to turn in their ID Badges, ALL hotspots, textbooks, library books and Supply kits. If you are notified directly to return your chromebook then you will also do so during this event. Most students will retain their chromebook for their time at GHS however a small number of our students will need to return theirs as the district is replacing these older chromebooks. In August you will receive a new chromebook.
Friday, June 18th is the day any student can come in and return these items. Times will be 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. We plan to collect the ID Badges as students exit the building on Monday, June 14th for AA Cohort and Tuesday, June 15th for BB cohort students.
INCOMPLETE AND CREDIT RECOVERY INFORMATION
What Happened? Student received an “I”~Incomplete for any class they did not pass during Spring of 2020 during distance learning
Why is it Important? Students that received an Incomplete did not earn credit and the “I” will turn into an F in August 2021. Students will need to retake the entire course if they do not pass the class by August.
What can I do about it now? All students that received an Incomplete have been assigned a teacher/case manager for Incomplete Recovery support. Students only have to do their missing work and earn a 60% to receive credit. Check your students schedule through StudentVUE or contact their counselor.
What Happened? Students that received an F before Spring 2020 and/or did not pass their classes this year and received an NG.
Why is it Important? Students that received an F/NG have not earned credit in that class and it could impact their graduation status.
What can I do about it now? Contact your counselor or go to the GHS website, under the Counseling Department tab, there is a form to fill out to request credit recovery.
GHS will offer two sessions of summer school for students with I’s, F’s or NG’s: June 28th-July 16th and July 19th-Aug 6th. Students can take one or both sessions depending on their need. Please sign up using the following link: English or or contact your student’s counselor.
Greetings from the Counseling Center!
Does your student need credit recovery?
Credit Recovery is Free! This is for students who have a final grade of F or NG in a previous class. This does not apply to students who have an “I” grade to make up from the Spring of 2020, that will be through a different program, please reach out to your student’s School Counselor to make up an “I” grade.
For credit recovery,
As we draw closer to summer vacation and some much needed rest and rejuvenation, we ask that you be on the lookout for a letter from your School Counselor. We will be doing a review of your student’s academic standing (making recommendations if credit recovery is needed) to let you know if your student is on track for graduation. This letter should come during the first week of July. Please let your school counselor know if you have any questions.
Kate Poland, Social Worker: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Conroy, Counselor (for students with the last names that start with A-B and active ELL): email@example.com
Andrea Parra, Counselor (for students with the last names that start with C-Ha): firstname.lastname@example.org
Hannah Anderson, Counselor (for students with the last names that start with He-M): email@example.com
Madison Hartney, Counselor (for students with the last names that start with N-R): firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Blaser, Counselor (for students with the last names that start with S-Z): email@example.com
The end of the year is fast approaching! If you are worried about your senior student not graduating or your student being off-track for their graduation, please contact us. We can help create a plan to get you across the graduation finish line and back on track!
‘21-’22- Gresham High School Schedule
Gresham High School will have the following schedule for the ‘21-’22 school year:
“Regular Schedule”-this will be the schedule for Monday & Friday
“Advisory Schedule”- this will be the schedule for Tuesday & Thursday. The focus for Advisory classes will be students social-emotional health. Supporting students' emotional well-being will be a top priority as we re-engage students back into five(5) days of in-person instruction.
“Wednesday Schedule”- this will be our Wednesday schedule, which is consistent with our past schedule. Staff utilize the late start for professional development and department meeting support.
GREAT NEWS REGARDING ATHLETIC & ACTIVITIES PARTICIPATION FEES FOR '21-22
Thanks to the Gresham-Barlow school district for their continued support for ALL students! All Athletics & Activities fees for the ‘21-’22 school year will be waived. This means all students wanting to participate on an athletic team or activity will have the student/participation fee waived! We hope this support will increase the number of students participating in extracurricular activities. This is great news!!!!!
Hello! My name is Laurel and I’m the SUN Site Manager at Gresham High School. Normally during the year we offer clubs and groups for students and community events but since this year is not a normal year, our services have shifted! Currently we are offering resource navigation for families and will be offering some student groups online starting in December. We are also still partnering with Latino Network, Programa Hispano, and College Possible who are offering student groups and family support as well. Below is a snapshot of services within Gresham but if you have a more specific need, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help with finding resources.
Metropolitan Family Service Food Pantries - FREE FOOD! Pantries are drive-up or walk-up only due to COVID restrictions.
Cherry Park Elementary School
1930 SE 104th Ave. Portland 97216
Mondays 3:45pm- 5:30pm
Note: We will be handing out pre-packed bags at this site
Glenfair Elementary School
15300 SE Glisan St, Portland 97230
Alder Elementary School
17200 SE Alder St, Portland 97233
Note: Starting October 14th, the Alder Elementary Food pantry will be open on Wednesdays from 2:30 – 4:00.
Closed Wednesday, November 11th – Veteran’s Day
David Douglas High School
1500 SE 130th Ave, Portland 97233
Note: This location is different from the main campus on 135th Ave.
Closed Thursday, November 26th – Thanksgiving
Parklane Elementary School
15811 SE Main St, Portland 97233
Closed Friday, November 27th – Thanksgiving
GBSD Online Expectations for Students and Families
GBSD Online Expectations for Students and Families
Always be respectful and courteous to other students and teachers during online class meetings/lessons. Inappropriate language, hate speech or symbols, offensive or threatening comments; misrepresentation of identity, and/or disruptive behavior by any participants during online class meetings/lessons will not be tolerated.
Students must use their GBSD email account to log into online class meetings/lessons.
Login credentials must not be shared. Sharing of login information violates other students’ and teachers’ rights to confidentiality, and could allow class participation by unauthorized persons and/or lead to disruptive behaviors that detract from a productive and positive learning environment.
Students who are disruptive in online class meetings/lessons will receive appropriate consequences in accordance with the Parent/Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook and as outlined in the Restorative Practices statement below.
Consequences may result in temporary or permanent loss of technology access, which could prevent the student from participating in online class meetings/lessons. Students receiving this consequence would have assignments provided to the student’s parent/guardian.
Students will adhere to the provisions identified under the Gresham Barlow School District Policy IIBGA
Parents and Families
To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and assure confidentiality for students and teachers during distance learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines.
Online class meetings/lessons are designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians should not actively participate in online class meetings/lessons, although parents/guardians may assist their child with technology and/or remain nearby.
Help the student choose a setting in the house that minimizes distractions to the child as well as to others participating in the online meetings/lessons. This includes family members that may be appearing in the background or can be heard.
Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of an online class meeting/lessons, including not posting on any social media platform.
Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during online class meetings/lessons should not be collected, discussed or shared.
Parents/guardians should not engage with students during online class meetings/lessons. If parents need to speak with their child during an online class meeting/lessons, first mute the child’s microphone.
For devices that have been checked out from the school district, the device is to be used for Gresham-Barlow School learning class work only. Parent/guardian(s), are responsible for monitoring student’s activities on the district device.
If a parent/guardian has a question, please email the child’s teacher.
All Students Belong
The Oregon Department of Education recognizes that student health and safety are at the cornerstone of education and that all students are entitled to a high-quality educational experience, free from discrimination or harassment based on perceived race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin, and without fear or hatred, racism or violence. All staff and leaders are also entitled to work in environments that are free from discrimination or harassment, and visitors should be able to participate in school activities without fear for their safety. Please refer to this link for further information from the Oregon Department of Education.
Restorative Practices Progression
If a student is repeatedly disrupting an online class meeting/lesson, teachers will remind the students of the behavioral expectation.
If the disruption continues or escalates, the teacher will restate the expectation and remind the student that they may be muted or excluded from the remainder of that online class meeting/lesson.
If the student is muted or excluded from an online class meeting/lesson, the teacher will follow up with the student and have a restorative conversation. A restorative conversation focuses on:
Talking about the behavior or incident without blaming.
Using relational questions to bring out who was affected and how
Discuss what needs to happen to make things right.
If the disruption is discriminatory, threatening, or harassing, the student will be removed from the online class meeting/lesson immediately. The teacher will follow up with a restorative conversation and other consequences as warranted.
Anytime a student is removed from an online class meeting/lesson it will be documented with a major or minor behavior referral.
Anytime a student is removed from an online class meeting/lesson, the parent will be notified.
Basic practice that frames how we hold ourselves and each other accountable. Building the community’s understanding and use of language such as - relationship, accountability, harm, impact, and repair. Using language that doesn’t blame; speaking in terms of harm done rather than rules broken. Utilizing active empathic, and compassionate questioning instead of assuming/accusing.
SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
The office hours will be from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. If you have questions please call our main number (503-674-5500). Currently our building is closed to the public. If you need to access a staff member in person please call the school first to get directions on how this can occur.
WHO IS MY COUNSELOR/ADMINISTRATOR?
- A - B and Active ELL
Julie Conroy 503-674-5530 email@example.com
- C - Ha
Andrea Parra 503-674-5528 firstname.lastname@example.org
- He - M
Hannah Anderson 503-674-5527 email@example.com
- N - R
Madison Hartney, 503-674-5526, firstname.lastname@example.org
- S - Z, and Department Chair of Counseling
Laura Blaser 503-674-5529 email@example.com
To access our school calendar please click on the Gresham High School like below this article. This will take you to our home page on our website. Our calendar is located on the left hand side of the page.