All of us here at GFW are incredibly excited to kick off the new school year, which is coming up quickly! I hope that families have gotten to enjoy this summer, recharge a bit, and that students will be ready to get back into the classroom and hit the ground running.
We have been through a lot as a district over the last year and some folks have asked the question “is GFW going to be ok?” and I am so excited to be able to honestly say that “GFW is going to be awesome!”
We will be doing some new things this year all in the pursuit of our strategic plan that was established through a community-focused process. Our theme for the year is also the vision statement that was adopted during that process, “Growing Future World Class Leaders.” We are going to be highlighting that vision in everything we do while working towards the focus areas of our Strategic Plan:
- Student Achievement
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- Community and Family Engagement
- Positive School Climate
Having excellent opportunities for our students is top priority at GFW and we will be kicking off the year with new and expanded programming opportunities including career field opportunities in Agriculture, Arts, Communications and Information Systems, Engineering, Manufacturing, Health Science, Technology and more. We have added staff in a variety of areas including staff who speak Spanish, as well as additional community liaisons. We aim to strengthen our connections with our community members every step of the way.
Our Transportation Team will be offering expanded opportunities to help students get to school, including routes to those who have previously not been able to ride the bus to GFW. Families living in New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Franklin, Bird Island/Olivia, Hector, Buffalo Lake, Stewart, Brownton, Gaylord, and Lafayette will all have new transportation options. New families should contact our schools to get signed up for a ride!
Time Changes and Supply Lists
We are making some changes to school times in order to allow our staff to be best prepared to help students learn and improve overall operations. GFW Elementary School will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m., and GFW Middle School and GFW High School will run 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Student supply lists are available now. Please disregard the student supply list in the registration packet.
We look forward to kicking the year off and Growing Future World Class Leaders!