For this month’s report to the community, I’d like to share a few items of district-level importance, along with some very special ways that our students and staff continue to serve in our community.
First, I want to thank the many volunteers who did a wonderful job campaigning, once again, for Issue 8. I thank the effort of Mr. Dale Krzynowek, who did a fantastic job leading our entire campaign, and also our Stadium Club Committee. Though we lost this time, the GHCS has some important decisions on the horizon, including several renewal levies in the future. This campaign committee will remain resolved until the next campaign, whenever that may be. After all, we are all Bulldogs. The track and football field MUST BE renovated. There is no question about this.
In terms of football, and despite the existing conditions of the field, our varsity football team had one of the best seasons in recent memory. Finishing with an overall record of 9 – 2, our football team won the NOC Conference Lake Division Championship for the first time in school history and made the playoffs for only the third time in school history. Our very own Anthony Kastelic was named Defensive Player of the Year in the conference, Coach Chuck Reisland was named Coach of the Year, and seven other players earned all-conference honors as well. You may have read about this team in the local papers, and I know that this group of young men maintained a resilience and a determination to win… while also finely representing this community, during the entire season. Congratulations to the varsity football team on a great season, and to all of the fall sports student athletes, who wrapped up their respective seasons, in the last few weeks. We now turn our focus to the winter sports with excitement.
A special thank you goes out to the parents who participated in the Parent-Teacher conferences over the last few weeks. Nearly 2,000 total conferences were held district-wide this past fall, and to me, this demonstrates a dedicated interest that our parents have in our students’ academic lives. Thank you, once again.
On a final note, some of our Bulldog students have made some special efforts to engage the community in meaningful ways. The High School Drama Club, which is currently performing their fall production of “Almost Maine” took their “show on the road” last week, visiting Jennings Hall, Marymount Place and the Civic Center… three performances in two days, so that senior citizens could watch their play. The Drama Team is under the overall direction of Mr. Benjamin and he should be commended for his willingness to take his play on the road, for others in the community. And finally, the 3rd Annual Canned Food Drive just completed their non-perishable items collection last Friday, and more than 3,000 canned goods were obtained. These items will be shared with the needy in our community this holiday season. Amy Sumen initiated this idea three years ago as a simple classroom idea, and it has grown into a district-wide effort. She thanks the many, many people who help her at the buildings with this effort each year.
Our Bulldog students and staff are all special. They get their work done, and they take time to care about other people in need, in the community.
Thank you, and as always, go Bulldogs!
Superintendent of Schools