GSS principal welcomes students back to school

I would like to welcome students back to school for the 2018/19 school year.

We will begin on Tuesday, September 4 with a two-hour day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 5, classes will be in full swing starting with period three. Our alternate students meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4, and then attend their scheduled meeting time during the first week. School is in full session starting Monday, September 10.

On Friday, August 31, there will be a Grade 8 and new student orientation from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Students can bring their refundable locker fee and school supplies, as they will have a chance to set up their lockers. On this same morning, there will be a new parent orientation from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students and parents are invited to stay for a pizza lunch.

Attendance will be a big focus this year as studies show that students who miss more than 10 per cent of school are not as successful as students who miss less than 10 per cent. This includes absences of any kind, including family vacations during school time. If it is necessary for students to be away, communication with the school is critical so the impact on the students’ learning can be minimized. With the new curriculum, learning is occurring in a much more involved, active way and thus it is not as simple as “read the textbook and answer questions.” For this reason, it is more important than ever for students to be at school as much as possible.

Building positive relationships is essential for our school community, which includes students, parents, and the greater community of Golden. Research shows that students are much more successful when they have at least two adults they feel connected to at school. As a staff, we try our best to ensure that all students feel valued, safe, and supported at school. Parents are key partners in this as they can let the school know if their child is not feeling comfortable at school.

We always have a literacy and numeracy goal for students each year. Wherever students are at in their learning at the beginning of the year, we want them to gain at least one year’s worth of growth. We have numerous interventions that we can put in place if students are struggling with their learning. We also have a team of staff who meet every week to discuss students who may require extra supports, and we develop plans for these students.

I am excited for the upcoming school year and am looking forward to welcoming back all of our students. Let’s make 2018/19 a fantastic school year.

Iris Trask, Principal

Golden Secondary/Golden Alternate Schools

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