May 28, 2021
Dear Hayes Parents,
We hope that your family is able to relax and enjoy this Memorial Day weekend together as we know everybody needs a break! As the school year winds down, it is very common for children-- especially adolescents--to exhibit atypical behaviors that are out of character. Impulsiveness, defiance, and fluctuating emotions are just a few examples of the atypical behavior that is very typical this time of year, and it all stems back to the impending transition into summer break. Many times, adolescents do not have the words to express how they feel about the school year ending--whether it’s saying good-bye to friends, losing a relationship with a teacher, or falling out of a routine--it is a true struggle for all students. Open-ended conversations and having future activities (camps, trips, etc.) posted visually on a calendar can really help combat the anxiety students feel going into summer vacation; in addition, consistent routines that are rich in outdoor activities away from cell phones and technology support children holistically.
This past week, our students have finished up NWEA testing in Math classes; results from spring NWEA testing should be available in PowerSchool over the next few weeks. Thursday was “Mis-Match Day”, and many students and staff members enjoyed this “Theme Thursday” activity! Students and staff will continue to celebrate Theme Thursdays over the next three Thursdays in the following order: Pajama, Hat, and GL spirit days. In addition, Kona Ice was here at Hayes on Thursday during lunches, which many students also enjoyed. Kona Ice will be here at Hayes the next three Thursdays moving forward, and the cost is anywhere from $3-6 depending upon the size. Since Kona Ice was so popular, we will be asking for two trucks to ensure all those interested in purchasing Kona Ice have a reasonable ability to do so during lunch. A portion of proceeds from Kona Ice supports our school-wide PBIS team at Hayes, which ultimately supports our students.
Material Drop Off
Any and all school-issued materials, aside from chromebooks, should be dropped off at Hayes next week via the table located outside the main entrance. Over the past two weeks, we have received a number of 8th grade ELA novels from our virtual families. Now, we are asking our virtual families in possession of any Algebra, Geometry, or Social Studies textbooks to please be sure to drop these resources off next week from 3-6pm. If you happen to find a lingering 8th grade ELA novel, then please feel free to drop that off too. We appreciate your support here.
Chromebook and Hotspot Collection
For all students with a school-issued chromebook and/or hotspot, the district will be collecting chromebooks at Grand Ledge High School:
Friday, June 18, 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, June 22, 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday, June 24, 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Our technology department will be sending more specific information via email to all families that have signed out a device for their student(s). Please watch for that email to come over the next two weeks.
For Current 8th Grade Families: Testing Out of High School Courses
The Test Out information is now live on the Student Services website:
https://www.glcomets.net/ourschools/high-school-grades-9---12/grandledgehighschool/counselingstudent-services/#testingout. Parents interested in having their child test out of high school courses should contact Mrs. Tonya Rice, assistant principal, for textbooks prior to the end of the year via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Textbooks will be available for checkout from June 8-June 17. Assessments will be given on August 16th and 17th at 10 AM, 1PM and 4 PM. Students are asked to select a test time when they complete the application.
For Families Leaving Grand Ledge Next Year
We are making plans for the 21-22 school year already! If you know that your child will not be attending GLPS next year, please send an email to email@example.com with your child's name, next year's grade and state that he or she will not be attending. Thank you.
7th and 8th Grade Football Announcement
For parents interested in their student playing middle school football next year, please click on the following link to review important information from head GLHS Football Coach, Joseph Brya. Middle School Football Information
That is all that we have for this week. We thank you for your continued support! Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Dave and Eric