Notification of School Closure - December 15, 2020 Due to the presence of COVID-19 cases and contact tracing results in our district a determination has been made to temporarily close our schools. This decision is not made lightly and is being made in the best interest for the safety and well-being of our students and staff members. The district understands that closing schools places an unexpected burden on our families. Your support and understanding at this time is very much appreciated. The closure will begin on Wednesday, December 16th and will last through the previously scheduled Winter Break. School will resume on Monday, January 4th, 2021 as previously scheduled. Teachers will be communicating with their students regarding instructional expectations in each grade level and subject area. All students are expected to participate fully in virtual learning through noon on December 23rd. Also, breakfast and lunch meal distribution will occur for meals planned through lunch on Wednesday, December 23rd. For the time being, the boys junior varsity and varsity basketball practices and games are postponed until further notice. Girls basketball practices and games scheduled during the closure will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Dr. Steven M. Bloom, District Administrator/Principal at 715-336-2575, ext. 203 or email@example.com.
VETERANS DAY - November 11, 2020 This observance day commemorates the end of major hostilities of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Begun as Armistice Day in 1919, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day, "a day dedicated to world peace," in 1954. The day honors all veterans of the U.S. armed services. Everyone in the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District wishes to thank all of its veterans for their service to our country.
Mrs. Jochem’s 7-12th grade students, please bring earbuds or headphones to class for the next 2 weeks if you are able to. Thank you!
Parent-Teacher Conferences GAC will not hold in-person conferences. Elementary teachers have already started to contact parents individually and will continue to do so over the next few days. Parents of middle/high school students are asked to contact your child’s teachers to set up conferences by emailing them directly or calling and leaving a message on their school extension. All staff is looking forward to connecting to our families and celebrating the growth and goals of our students.
We look forward to re-opening school on Monday, October 26th! We ask for your help once again in keeping everyone safe and healthy in our schools. Before leaving for school, please make sure to complete the following screening. The following symptoms may indicate a possible illness that could decrease your child’s ability to learn and put them at risk of spreading illness to others. Symptoms *Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth *Sore throat *New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline) *Diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, or abdominal pain *New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions please keep your child(ren) home from school. Use the attendance calling protocol to report the absence to our school district. Call 715-336-2575 to report the absence and indicate what symptoms your child has which prevents them from attending school. Close Contact/Potential Exposure: In the past 14 days has your child: Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19: OR Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person under quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19; OR Had a travel history outside of the immediate area. If the answer is YES to any symptoms question and YES to any close contact/potential exposure question, call the school as soon as possible to let them know the reason your child(ren) won’t be there today. Call your healthcare provider right away. If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, but NO to any close contact/potential exposure questions, your student may return based on the guidance for their symptoms as follows: *Fever: at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications *Sore throat: improvement (if strep throat: do not return until at least 2 doses of antibiotic have been taken); *Cough/Shortness of breath: improvement *Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain: no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours *Severe headache: improvement/no lingering headache DISCLAIMER: This screening tool is subject to change based on the latest information on COVID-19. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations. The following additional measures will be taken to further provide a safe educational environment for everyone while at school: GAC Elementary School When possible and weather permitting windows will be opened for fresh air flow. Internal doors will remain open for air circulation. The wearing of face coverings will continue to be required with scheduled “mask” breaks. When students are lining up we will maintain distancing to the extent possible. Teachers move, not students: Grade ½ and ¾ students will remain in their assigned room while teachers will move for instructional purposes. Art and Music, other than band, will go to the regular classroom as scheduled. When in physical education class students will wear face coverings unless outside and social distancing can be achieved. Separate playground areas will be assigned by class. Equipment will be sanitized frequently to the extent possible. Hand washing when going outside and when coming back inside will take place. Equipment and device sharing will be minimized and eliminated when possible. Commonly and regularly touched surfaces will be sanitized frequently during the school day. GAC High/Middle School When possible and weather permitting windows will be opened for fresh air flow. Internal doors will remain open for air circulation. The wearing of face coverings will continue to be required with scheduled “mask” breaks. When students are lining up, maintain distancing to the extent possible. Lunchroom: When in line for lunch may be less than 6’ when students are in the same cohort (class group). Students will no longer be permitted to eat in the hallway. Students (2) may be seated on either end of the benches in the hallway. In the lunchroom maintain spacing at tables as has been done to date. Equipment and device sharing will be minimized and eliminated when possible. Commonly and regularly touched surfaces will be sanitized frequently during the school day.
For Immediate Release Media verification: Marinette County EM 715-732-7666 October 19, 2020 RE: WI National Guard Recurring COVID-19 Test Site In Marinette County (Marinette County, WI) In response to the surge in COVID-19 positive residents and reduced capability of testing in Marinette County, Marinette County Emergency Management and Public Health have requested assistance from the WI National Guard. The National Guard will be providing drive-through style COVID-19 nasal swab testing in Peshtigo. The scheduled dates are October 23, November 6 and 20, and December 4, 2020. Time is from 8am to 4pm. The event will be located at the Marinette County Highway Shop, 501 Pine St., in the City of Peshtigo. Dates are subject to change based on need of testing squads throughout the State. COVID-19 testing will be performed on people 5 years of age and older who have been notified that they are a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 (and is 5-7 days after their contact with them) or is experiencing at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, chills, or muscle aches. Testing is provided on a first-come first-served basis. Due to the unknown amount of interest, prepare for potential wait times. Participants must remain in their vehicles at all times and no public restrooms are available. New to the testing site is the ability to register from a smartphone while waiting in line. A QR code will be available to scan which leads to a registration site. If more than one family member is being tested that day the same email address may be used, but each person must register individually. Do not register until the day of the test as questions about symptoms are asked. A QR code is emailed that will be scanned on-site by National Guard staff. If you don’t register online you will still be tested, but it will take more time. More information can be found at marinettecounty.com, under “News” on the homepage. Individuals tested will be advised to limit contact with others until they have their test result. To keep our businesses and schools open everyone needs to remain vigilant and follow the protocols established by the CDC: wear a mask in public, wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer, maintain physical distancing, and stay home as much as you can, but especially if you are not feeling well.
Thank you for your continued and on-going support to assist in keeping our schools open during these challenging times. Your understanding of our face covering requirement is critical in our local efforts to fend off the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to implement safety and cleaning practices and protocols for our students to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Please continue the following school day student screening protocol: Before leaving for school, please make sure of the following screening. The following symptoms may indicate a possible illness that could decrease your child’s ability to learn and put them at risk of spreading illness to others. 1. Symptoms (Check if “YES” to symptom present) ☐ Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth ☐ Sore throat ☐ New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline) ☐ Diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, or abdominal pain ☐ New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions please keep your child(ren) home from school. Use the attendance calling protocol to report the absence to our school district. Call 715-336-2575 to report the absence and indicate what symptoms your child has which prevents them from attending school. 2. Close Contact/Potential Exposure (Check if “Yes” as applicable) In the past 14 days has your child: ☐ Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19: OR ☐ Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person under quarantine for possible exposure to COVID-19; OR ☐ Had a travel history outside of the immediate area If the answer is YES to any symptoms question and YES to any close contact/potential exposure question, call the school as soon as possible to let them know the reason your child(ren) won’t be there today. Call your healthcare provider right away. If the answer is YES to any of the symptom questions, but NO to any close contact/potential exposure questions, your student may return based on the guidance for their symptoms as follows: Fever: at least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever-reducing medications Sore throat: improvement (if strep throat: do not return until at least 2 doses of antibiotic have been taken); Cough/Shortness of breath: improvement Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain: no diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours Severe headache: improvement/no lingering headache DISCLAIMER: This screening tool is subject to change based on the latest information on COVID-19. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations and Considerations. When calling to report your child’s absence from school, please provide the following information by calling 715-336-2575. 1. Student Name 2. Teacher /Grade Level 3. The reason your child is absent from school today. 4. Please indicate whether your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if your child has any of the following symptoms: Cough Diarrhea or vomiting Difficulty breathing Fever Headache Muscle pain Nausea/vomiting New loss of taste or smell Sore throat Together we can work to keep our schools open. Your assistance continues to remain critical to do so.
Goodman-Armstrong Creek families. If you are trying to find the back to school supply list please click the Explore tab and take a look at the new Parents section we created just for you. When opening the Explore tab on a computer there are 3 columns based on the audience. Column 1 is for all the students based on their grade level. Column 2 is for parents, teachers and community. Column 3 is all of our district information. Feel free to still use the tabs across the top but I hope this helps clear up any confusion on locating needed information.
Hello Goodman-Armstrong Creek students and families. Please check your mailbox as important 2020-2021 school year information will be arriving soon! We are looking forward to seeing our students once again as our schools are ready to reopen. Be safe and remain well!
2020-21 GAC Calendar: The first day of school is Tuesday, September 1. The school calendar will be posted early this week. Sorry for any inconvenience.
My mistake. Emails about scheduling were only sent to high school students. Middle school schedules are set.
To all High School and Middle School students: Please check your school email. Mrs. Finn sent out emails on Monday 7/20/20 looking for feedback on your schedules. She will be finishing up schedules for next year by tomorrow and hopes to email final schedules by Monday 7/27/20. Reply by tomorrow to make any changes now. You can also make changes as needed at the beginning of the school year if necessary.
July 20, 2020 Dear Goodman-Armstrong Creek Parents, Caregivers, Students and Community Members: I would like to share with you tentative plans for the health, safety, and wellness for students and staff members as we look forward to a new school year in fall. At this time it is our hope to begin the school year with everyone physically present. Please be aware that these plans are constantly under review and may change between now and September 1st. We continue to monitor local health department COVID numbers and will also use recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and health care authorities in our decision making process for the foreseeable future. The following safeguards and protocols will be implemented in an effort to provide safe and healthy learning environments for everyone. To that end, we will: Monitor and restrict all non-essential visitors to the schools. Maintain a log of shared staff between GAC schools and other local educational providers. Daily track student and staff member attendance and maintenance of a symptoms log to assist in contact tracking if needed. Note that individuals with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, and Diarrhea. This list does not include all possible symptoms. Schedule frequent hand washing and sanitizing during the school day. Posted throughout the schools will be signage reminding everyone of proper hand washing guidelines and ways to help stop the spread of germs. Create physical distancing of students and adults in shared areas such as classrooms, hallways, lunchroom and gymnasium. Utilization of face coverings, masks and/or face shields to assist in reducing the spread of viruses. Designate locations in each building to separate students and staff who become ill while at school from others. Clean and disinfect daily according to established CDC and health department guidelines. The district will make every effort to remain open for teaching and learning to occur. You can help us to do so by taking proper care of yourself and others and by practicing safety measures that are likely to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. NOTE: In the event a person diagnosed with COVID-19 is determined to have been in the building and poses a risk to the community, it may be necessary for the school to close for a certain time period for cleaning and disinfection. The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School will discuss the appropriate management with our local health department for guidance. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions and concerns as they arise. Respectfully, Steven M. Bloom, District Administrator/Principal Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District 715-36-2240, ext. 203 firstname.lastname@example.org
With the continuing concerns of COVID-19 cases, GAC would like to remind all graduation attendees that attendance is an assumption of risk on the part of the attendee. Attention Seniors and Senior Parents! GAC Graduation Time: 11:00 am, Saturday July 11th (graduates please arrive around 9:30 am) Place: Goodman High School Front Yard/Parking Lot Details: -Each Senior is allowed 10 guests (seating provided) in front of stage (socially distanced) -If you'd like to invite additional guests, they can stand or bring own chairs and sit (socially distanced) in the parking lot area -Masks are highly recommended for all -Building closed, please use restroom before arrival Parking: -Please park along the road or in the elementary parking lot and walk up -Handicapped parking- please use the side library parking lot Set Up: -If graduates are able, set up will be Friday, July 10th at 11am
GRADUATION UPDATE! Attention Seniors and Senior Parents! GAC Graduation Time: 11:00 am, Saturday July 11th (graduates please arrive around 9:30 am) Place: Goodman High School Front Yard/Parking Lot Details: -Each Senior is allowed 10 guests (seating provided) in front of stage (socially distanced) -If you'd like to invite additional guests, they can stand or bring own chairs and sit (socially distanced) in the parking lot area -Masks are highly recommended for all -Building closed, please use restroom before arrival Parking: -Please park along the road or in the elementary parking lot and walk up -Handicapped parking- please use the side library parking lot Set Up: -If graduates are able, set up will be Friday, July 10th at 11am
Please take a few minutes and take our online survey about the experiences you and your family had during the school closure. You can fill this out online or fill out the paper survey for each of your children that will be coming home in the next few days. Thank you for your input. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHp-T154DiUHOdn66vc1eTY0Efc0WTSEc-bg5ttTd0M7g-3Q/viewform
The GAC elementary is looking for community members who would be willing to read a book or two with our students during the mornings of March 2-March 5th to celebrate Read Across America! If you are interested please contact Mrs. Amy Wysocki via phone (715)-336-2575 or by email email@example.com.
GAC is proud to announce Erin Goode, daughter of Sara and Scott Goode of Armstrong Creek, as the third place winner of the CESA 8 Regional Spelling Bee held at Gillett School District Auditorium on February 13, 2020. Erin’s victory qualifies her to attend the Badger State Spelling Bee in Madison at the Mitby Theater on March 7, 2020. Erin competed against 15 other students from the region and will advance to state alongside 2 fellow competitors. Congratulations to Erin on a well-deserved win!
Mark Your Calendars! Our annual PTO Smelt Fry will be Sunday, April 5, from 12-4:00 at Rocque’s 8-Hi Club in Goodman.
Our PTO is planning a Family Fun Night on Wednesday, February 12, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the football field. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be provided. All students and family members are welcome (no pets please). Elementary students should be accompanied by an adult. Hope to see you there!!
Erin Goode was the champion speller for our local spelling bee held in the Goodman-Armstrong Creek Elementary School on Thursday, January 16th. Erin will compete at the CESA 8 Regional Bee on February 13th at the Gillett District Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Marie Bruders, a 5th grader, was the runner-up. Other class winners include: Julia Murrow (3rd), Autumn Gentz (4th), Lauryn Dwight (6th), and Katelyn Kalkofen (8th). Good luck Erin!!!
PTO Meeting: Monday, Jan.13, 5:30PM - High School Library. Everyone is welcome to join.
Holiday Coin Drive Happening! The National Honor Society Students have our annual coin drive up and running through Friday, Dec 13! Coin/Cash buckets are located in each classroom and in the HS office. All collected money is used to purchase gift cards for local families or people in need. If you know of a family or person in need this holiday season, please contact the HS office.
Back to school night, Wednesday, September 4. All GAC students and families!!! Free food and fun!
Last whole school assembly will be on Monday, June 3 at 2:45.
Mandatory Athletic Player Parent Meeting in the GAC gym, Tuesday, June 4 at 6pm. All parents and athletes are asked to attend.
Spring Sports Awards will be in Pembine on Thursday, May 30 at 6pm
Early Release Tomorrow! Elementary will be dismissed at 12:45. MS/HS will be dismissed at 1:00.
All GAC Elementary pizza forms and money are due today.
Awards Night for students in grades 6-12 takes place next Wednesday night, May 8th at 6:30 pm in the high school gym. 6th Grade students will also receive their 6th grade graduation certificates. Students should bring the following items: grades 10, 11, 12 - bars or cookies; grades 8 and 9 - one bag of chips; grades 6 and 7 - one 2-Liter of soda.
Pizza Forms due on Thursday!! Elementary Students, please make sure your pizza forms and money are turned in on Thursday!
The 7/8 Local Reading Olympics Competition will be held tomorrow at 2:00 in Mrs. Pahl’s room. Come see what the 7/8 grade students have been reading!
Early Release this Thursday, February 21st. Elementary at 12:45 High School at 1:00 Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:30-7:00PM No School Friday.
GAC schools are closed today, 2/12/19, due to the weather.
The PTO family sledding party is this Wednesday night, February 13, from 4:30-6:00PM. Hot chocolate and hotdogs will be provided.
Due to the frigid forecast of below zero temps and wind chills, the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District will be closed both Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday January 31st. There will be no teacher professional development Thursday afternoon or after school activities! Stay home and Stay Safe!
Boys Basketball Game Vs. Phelps rescheduled for Monday, February 4th in Phelps. JV game time 5:45 with Varsity game to follow.
Monthly whole school assembly today. Remember if you’re picking your child up after school - they will be at the high school building.
GAC Schools running on schedule this morning! Bundle up for the cold!
MAP testing begins next week Jan. 28th-Feb. 1 for the 7-10th grade students. Elementary finished up this week. Monday, Jan. 28 - Only 7th and 8th Graders will test. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 7th-10th graders will test. No testing Wednesday. Please check with Mrs. Amy Wysocki if you have any questions.
Goodman Armstrong Creek Schools will have a 2 hour delay tomorrow, Friday January 25th due to the frigid temps. Dress your children appropriately for bus stops and walking to school.
GAC School District school board meetings are regularly scheduled for the 4th Wednesday of each month. Due to the annual state convention, the meeting this month is January 30th at 6:00pm in the HS library. Agenda's posted locally and will be available at the meeting.
Are you looking for something to do this Saturday? If so, come and support the 7th and 8th graders at their Games Galore Day! Activities start at 11 am and end at 2 pm. Bingo, board games, bucket raffles and refreshments will be available. All activities take place at the GAC high school.
Upcoming Early Release is January 31st. Elementary dismissal at 12:45, MS/HS dismissal at 1:00pm
Community Readers Needed! If you would be interested in reading a book to the elementary students during the week of Feb. 28-March 1 to help celebrate Read Across America Week, please email/call Amy Wysocki before Feb. 1. firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-336-2575.
GAC School Parents! Early Release dates to remember! January 31, 12:45 dismissal Elem 1:00 at the MS/HS Feb. 21, 12:45 dismissal Elem 1:00 at the MS/HS (conferences this day) Feb. 22, No school. Teacher Professional Development Day.
Happy Thanksgiving and a Safe Hunting Season to all!
Referendum Informational Meeting Wednesday October 17th at 6:30 in the High School Lunch Room!
The Board of Education of the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District could be in attendance as a quorum or whole on October 17, 2018 for the Community Referendum Meeting held at 6:30pm in the MS/HS Gymnasium.
All students shall be treated equitably
It is our vision that all students graduating from the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District will be well equipped with sufficient marketable skills and accompanying work ethics that will enable them to follow their chosen career paths successfully.