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.
Marion Mentors 21 coordinator John Shank calls it “21st century mentoring.” What he’s after are mentors who will dedicate time to mentoring Marion City Schools students – long-term if possible. It’s mentoring dedicated to helping the school district meet its goals.
Tessa Kolman is a private in the United States Army. She has finished her basic training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and is eagerly anticipating her Advanced Individualized Training (AIT) at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio Texas after graduation from HS. During this individualized training she will learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes to becoming a Combat Medic. She started on this path after her Junior year when she had taken the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) at Harding High School. This opportunity is when Tessa’s path became real.