Lake Stevens schools ready for September 5 openingGranite Falls begins school September 4 JOURNAL STAFF Every school in the district is busy getting ready for students and teachers for the first day of school on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The following is an overview of the schools that currently have major construction projects in place.
Currently ay Cavelero Mid High, furniture and equipment is being moved into place in classrooms and offices, while construction workers complete painting, casework, flooring and punch lists. Site work is expected to continue through the fall with work primarily being done after school hours and on weekends.
The FieldTurf football/soccer field is in and bleachers will be placed shortly. The red synthetic track will be installed the last week in August and will need to cure for three weeks. The grass soccer/play field is planted and is establishing as is the adjacent softball field. The final field to be developed is the baseball field, which will be built after the track is installed.
Students new to the district, and are incoming eighth or ninth grade students, may register at Cavelero any weekday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Students who are already registered do not need to re-register. All students will spend their first day of school participating in a school-wide orientation program.
Curriculum night is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25, when parents will have an opportunity to tour the entire building and campus. The official dedication program for the community is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 1, at 5 p.m. More information on the dedication will be provided soon.
Work in the 100 building of Lake Stevens High School (north end of campus near greenhouses), which was damaged by the arson fire, is very nearly completed. 13 classrooms have received new paint, light fixtures, ceiling tile and all equipment has been professionally cleaned and sanitized. Air handling systems have been cleaned, sealed and distribution vents were replaced.
In addition, six classrooms received new carpeting. A walk through the 100 building reveals classrooms that look and smell brand-new. Work on the outside façade and canopy roof is currently going on and is expected to be completed in Sept. The 100 building is ready and waiting for its students.
The modernization project in the 500 building is currently moving quickly. The cafeteria portion, kitchen and music rooms will be ready for students the first day of school.
There was a delay in the shipment of the decorative ceiling grids for the cafeteria and materials for the grid will not be on site until October. Installation will occur as soon as materials arrive and will take place on evenings and weekends.
The new administrative center construction is on schedule with completion expected by the end of December. Temporary administrative and attendance offices have been located in classrooms in the 400 building facing the east faculty parking lot. The DECA classroom and stores have been relocated in the 300 building, adjacent to the counseling center.
Construction on the administrative center will be on-going throughout the fall and temporary fencing and sidewalk areas will be in place. Signs to help students, parents, and community members find offices will be placed throughout the campus. On the first day of school students will spend time in their first period class reviewing the temporary locations and walkways.
Mt. Pilchuck and Hillcrest Portable campuses are in the final stages and testing on intercom and fire alarm systems are occurring at both sites and connection to temporary portable power will be completed by the end of the week. Once power is established the district’s technology staff will be connecting computers and connection to the network. All timelines are on schedule and both schools will be ready for students on Sept. 5.
Complete modernization of Mt. Pilchuck and Hillcrest Elementary Schools has begun and will continue throughout the year. Schools will reopen, completely modernized in the fall of 2008.
Letters were mailed to all high school parents with more detailed information on the LINK program, or for more information contact the high school. All school offices are currently open from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. 3 p.m. for new student and kindergarten registration.
Kindergarten students begin school September 6. Kindergarten parent orientation for both Mountain Way and Monte Cristo Elementary Schools will be held September 4 at 6 p.m. and kindergarten visitation day is September 5, 9 a.m. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
For more information on kindergarten registration call the school of your child’s attendance area (attendance area maps on posted on the District’s website www.gfalls.wednet.edu, click on “schools” then click “elementary attendance areas” or call the administration office at 360-691-7717).
The Granite Falls School District Board of Directors meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. with the exceptions of July and August, which will be the third Wednesday of the month only. All meetings will be held at Mountain Way Elementary located at 702 N. Granite Ave.
All regular and special Board meetings are open to the public. All actions authorized or required by law are taken at these meetings. The Board may meet in executive (closed) sessions to discuss matters dealing with personnel, property consideration or employee negotiations. All formal actions are taken in public sessions. You are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Granite Falls School District offers free and reduced-price lunch and breakfast for children who qualify according to the eligibility standards for meals served under the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs. Each school and the administration office have a copy of the guidelines and application, which may be requested by any interested party. Call 360-691-7717 for more information.
Please review your community-school calendar (mailed to all residents early August) or check the District website, www.gfalls.wednet.edu, for more back-to-school information including transportation schedules, health services, registration information, learning support services and graduation requirements.