What is School Choice?

With Betsy Devos poised to take the role of education secretary under a Trump administration, school choice has become a buzzword around the education circles.   The idea of “school choice” sounds good, after all, who doesn’t want more choices.   The

The Year (2016) in Review

2016 had some ups and downs related to education.  I think overall, the public is starting to wake-up to how a test-and-punish culture is harming children, schools, and their communities.    On the negative side, over the past few years, teachers unions

Rally to #ReclaimOurSchools

On October 6th, Granite City School District participated in a #ReclaimOurSchools event.    Students and staff joined members of the community for this event to address issues of educational justice and equality.  Parents, students, teachers, educational support professionals and community members united

Granite City School District is Hiring

This flyer was distributed to staff to share with friends and family.  The district is always in need of substitute teachers and teacher’s aides.  I can say from experience that working with children and young adults is very rewarding!   Call human

Retirements 2016

Congratulations to our 2016 group of retirees.  You will be missed!   Richard Ahlvers – I started teaching in St. Charles, Mo. In the early 80’s I was laid off and had to do a lot of different jobs to feed my

On Teacher Evaluations

My first year of teaching was in 1994, and I was fresh out of college and was optimistic that I could handle a classroom and that I knew my subject matter.   It only took a few days for me to realize

Granite City School Calendar 2016-2017

GCSD Calendar  – 2016-2017 August 15-16 Teacher Institute – Staff Reports August 17 First Day of Pupil Attendance September 2 Professional Learning Day- Early Dismissal September 5 NO SCHOOL – Labor Day October 7 NO SCHOOL – County Institute October 10 NO