Dear Grant Families,
The faculty and staff Grant Middle School(GMS) is excited to welcome students back for 2015-16 school year. GMS has a tremendous amount of opportunities, programs and initiatives that provide students the chance to Inspire A Community of Achievement.
GMS has a lot of changes taking place that will support the district vision and mission statement. Visitors will first notice the inside of the building has been painted to brighten the building and add colors that are important to the social, emotional and academic needs of students.
This year Grant will be implementing Leader In Me (LIM) with GMS students. LIM develops students into leaders utilizing collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Students will be able to use these seven habits of highly effective teens in their everyday lives.
Also, Grant will be implementing Literacy Collaborative (LC) into ALL English Language Arts classrooms. LC is a research based framework designed to improve the reading, writing, and language skills of students through collaboration of teachers focusing on student individual need.
In addition, five Math classrooms will be implementing Next Generation Learning Environments (NGLE) in their classrooms. NGLE is personalized, flexible learning through the use of technology, investigations, and teamwork.
Finally, Grant has made several other changes for the year. We have lengthened Math and ELA classes by more than 25 minutes to provide teachers additional time to work with these students. Seventh and eighth students had the opportunity to choose their electives for the upcoming year. GMS will be offering five classes (Algebra 1, Biology, English Literature 9, Principles of Engineering and Spanish 1) for high school credit.
Again, the Grant staff is extremely excited for the school year and creating the best educational experience for your child(ern). Please feel free to reach out staff if you have any questions or concerns. Our goal is to create a strong educational partnership with parents/guardians to INSPIRE Grant students to reach their fullest potential. We believe parents and guardians are the first educators and we need to work closely together.
Adam KunkleGrant Middle School Principal
School start/end times for 2015-16
Grant Middle School now starts its school day at 8:02 a.m., earlier than the previous school year. Doors open at 7:52 a.m., but students can enter through the cafeteria door at 7:30 a.m. and remain in the cafeteria until 7:52 a.m. Students still are released at 3 p.m.
Franklin Covey Co. has named Benjamin Harrison Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, making it one of the first two in the state to achieve this honor. The honor means the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me process. Franklin Covey states it also recognizes the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.
Marion Harding High School's marching band continued its successful season, earning several first place honors at the Outback Bowl Music Festival.
The high school awards committee will select no more than two inductees per year. The inductees will be inducted into the Harding High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in May at the high school's academic awards program.
Marion Harding High School Assistant Principal John Carder has been named Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators’ Assistant Principal of the Year. Carder will be the state’s nominee to the National Association of Secondary School Administrators’ Assistant Principal of the Year competition. He will be recognized by OASSA at an upcoming conference. “I’m happy that I will be able to talk about our story, things that are happening in our district,” Carder said.
The district will place the 5.41-mill, five-year emergency levy on the March 15 primary election ballot. The levy raises $2,001,000 a year. It means no additional taxes to voters because it is a renewal of an existing levy that will continue to raise the same amount of money each year.