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"BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT" Schedule Change
Please note that the date for our Back to School Night to start the upcoming school year has changed. It is now MONDAY, AUGUST 21, instead of TUESDAY, AUGUST 22. The time block is still 5:00 PM-7:00 PM. Please mark your calendars. Go to http://bit.ly/2rH1xO2 for a revised, printable calendar.

 

Grass Lake Community Schools Are Now Enrolling for the 2017-2018 School Year
Grass Lake Community Schools are now enrolling students who now live in the district, who plan to live in the district, or who are applying for schools of choice enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. Go to http://bit.ly/2mfWDW4 for more information about how to register. For transportation questions, contact the Transportation Director at 517-867-5544. Contact information for our school secretaries can be found in the provided link. Welcome to Grass Lake Community Schools!
NOTE: George Long Elementary School is no longer accepting Schools of Choice applications for Kindergarten through 5th grade students with IDEA Individual Education Plans (IEP) for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
WELCOME
The Mission of Grass Lake Community Schools is to provide a quality learning environment that will empower all students to meet their individual needs, discover their potential, and gain essential skills that will enable them to become responsible contributing citizens of our world.

 
 NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
We're glad you have stopped to see our school district's website. Our district enrolls over 1,290 students in our pre-school through 12th grade system in three buildings. We are continually working to improve our students' academic achievement by increasing rigor, while promoting relevance and relationships with our students. We are located in the Township of Grass Lake in Jackson County in the south-central area of Michigan, just south of Interstate 94, approximately 20 miles west of Ann Arbor and 10 miles east of Jackson. CLICK HERE TO ENROLL IN GRASS LAKE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.

Little Warriors Has Openings for the Great Start Readiness Preschool Program
Grass Lake Community Schools/Little Warriors Preschool & Child Care offers a 4 year old GSRP (Great Start Readiness Preschool Program) for children that will be 4 years old by Sept. 1st 2017.

The GSRP program runs Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM-3:00 PM, beginning September 5th, 2017. The program is located at Little Warriors Preschool & Childcare inside the George Long Elementary School building.

Families must meet the income guidelines:
Does your family’s income fall in the chart below? 
Family of 2 = $40,050 or less 
Family of 3 = $50,400 or less 
Family of 4 = $60,750 or less 
Family of 5 = $71,100 or less 
Family of 6 = $81,450 or less 
Family of 7 = $91,825 or less ….then your child may qualify!! Visit: http://www.greatstartjackson.org/preschoolpartnership


2017-2018 Free & Reduced Lunch Eligibility Info Now Available
Attention Grass Lake Community Schools families. If you would like to learn if your family may be eligible for free or reduced lunches at school for your children, please follow these links:
2017-2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Frequently Asked Questionshttp://bit.ly/2uzXVSt
2017-2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Applicationhttp://bit.ly/2tcm9Pe
A notification for parents of students who will be new to GLCS in the fall of 2017
Grass Lake Community Schools provides computing devices for each of our students for the entire school year for our Kindergarten through 12th Grade students. We call this program our "1:1 Computer Initiative". A requirement of this program is that a parent of each new student must attend one mandatory informational meeting with school administrators before the devices are given to each new student.

Two such informational meetings have been scheduled for this fall; both being held in the Grass Lake High School Auditorium. The first meeting will be Wednesday, August 16, at 10:00 AM, while a second meeting will be Monday, August 21, at 7:15 PM, immediately following our Back to School Night. (Back to School Night is scheduled for 5:00 PM-7:00 PM on Monday, August 21). Parents of new students are only required to attend one of these meetings. It is not required that students attend these informational meetings.

Explanation of Grass Lake's 1:1 Initiative Journey: http://bit.ly/2uapaDh
Frequently asked questions: http://bit.ly/2uaAwGR 


 

2017 "Festival of Tables" is October 21
The 7th Annual "Festival of Tables" fundraiser for the Grass Lake Educational Foundation (GLEF) will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Grass Lake High School. This is the primary fundraiser for the Foundation that pays for classroom supplies for our teachers, as well as scholarships for our Grass Lake graduating seniors.

There are several ways you can participate:
1. $500 business sponsorship - This includes a table and dinner for eight at the Festival and numerous advertising opportunities.
2. $235 purchase of a table and dinner for eight for the evening. These tables are decorated by you and are entered into a contest for the best decorated table. The winning table will receive a free table at the 2018 Festival.
3. $275 purchase of a table and dinner for eight for the evening, and decorating is completed by the Foundation.
4. Donation of silent and live auction items, or gift baskets.

There will also be a raffle that will result in the lucky participants winning a wide-screen television, a bicycle, or $100 cash.

If you are interested in participating, or if you have questions, you can contact Doug Moeckel at 517-867-5544, or e-mail him at doug.moeckel@grasslakeschools.com for more information.
Go to http://bit.ly/2u9GLLN for a slideshow of 2016 tables.


Grass Lake's Museums - Open Hours
Coe House Museum
Corner of W. Michigan Avenue and Wolf Lake Road
Grass Lake, Michigan
Exhibits change regularly within the house and are open to the public from June through September on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM. Other tour arrangements can be made by appointment and assistance with local research can be provided by members.
https://glahc.com/

Michigan Military Heritage Museum
153 N. Union Street
Grass Lake, Michigan
Regular Hours
Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays - 11 AM-5 PM
https://glahc.com/

Lost Railway Museum
142 W. Michigan Avenue
Grass Lake, MI 49240
Regular Hours:
Wednesdays and Thursdays - 11 AM-4 PM
Saturdays - 9 AM-4 PM
http://www.lostrailwaymuseum.org/
Mike Arbuckle Named George Long Elementary School's Dean of Students
Congratulations to long-time George Long Elementary School teacher Mike Arbuckle who was tonight hired by the Grass Lake Board of Education to become the school's full-time Dean of Students. We welcome Mike to this position as he continues to have a very positive impact on our students' lives as he always has, but in a different capacity.
Transgender Information for Grass Lake Community Schools Families
As is occurring across the nation in schools and in the work place, gender identity equality discussions have become a growing topic for school families and administrators. Protecting the rights of all individuals in our schools is of paramount concern to all of us.

Students who are identifying themselves as transgender are protected under federal law to occupy gender-separated facilities in public school buildings according to their personal gender identity. Recently the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that discrimination based on gender identity, or non-conformity, is prohibited. While this ruling is being reviewed by the United States Supreme Court, schools are required to treat each student as they are gender-identifying themselves, while we refer to them by their identifying pronouns and proper names, allowing them to wear clothing that corresponds to their gender identity, and allowing them to use restroom facilities and other gender-separated areas, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.
 
Grass Lake Community Schools is committed to providing a safe, educational environment for all of our students to the extent that the laws allow us, while at the same time protecting the privacy of our students.


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