April 16, 2020
GAC Parents and Families:
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you as families for the work you are doing with your student, as we are all learning together during this time. The work you are doing at home in support of our virtual learning as well as the printed learning packets is wonderful. We fully understand that you are balancing so much right now, as many of you are working and then educating your child when you get home. These are challenging times and although continuation of learning is important, supporting each other is more important!
With that being said, we will be continuing with school closures for COVID-19 through the end of the school year. As of today, the Department of Health Services and Governor Evers with the “Safer at Home” order has now extended to May 26th for the state of Wisconsin, to include the closure of school buildings for the rest of the school year. As Gov. Evers stated today, this is not like a switch but more like a dial. We appreciate you staying put, to stay healthy and flatten the curve. We will continue with educating our students in the virtual format, but our buildings will remain closed. Food and learning delivery will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays.
As we soon will be entering the fourth week of learning, we wanted to provide a few updates:
- Learning Activities:
- K-6: Teachers will continue to share their learning plans on the E-Learning Tab on our website. We encourage your students to stay involved with these opportunities, and keep in touch with teachers through Google Meet, email or phone.
- 7-12: Teachers will continue to post items via the E-Learning Tab as well as print materials for those students who request. Individual Teachers have set up office hours, are meeting daily with students and are also accessible anytime via email.
- I continue to talk to staff about “less is more” and that during this new experience of learning we all will be faced with some challenges. Please be patient with staff as we all find the balance of what your child can handle and is able to accomplish during this time where there is added stress and anxiety.
- Grading of students during COVID-19: Equity for all students surfaced on all fronts when doing our research about grading in the COVID-19 situation. Grading practices
should focus on the continuation of learning and provide feedback to students and families. After much discussion and research of how other Wisconsin school districts are proceeding, advisement through CESA 8 staff, communications with colleges and recommendations from educational gurus on grading and assessment, we have opted to proceed as follows:
- Elementary progress will continue to be shared with students, parents/guardians through utilizing an essential standard report card during the virtual learning timeframe. Students will not receive letter grades and retention will not take place due to missed learning during this time.
- Grades 7-12: Students in grades 7-12 will receive Pass/No Pass grades for the 2nd Semester..
- Pass = met or exceeded minimum proficiency levels. A grade of D- or higher is passing.
- No Pass = minimum requirements for standards not met
- Moving to Pass/No Pass will freeze GPA as it stands at the end of First Semester. Work done during this time can only improve their grade. This will take some working in our Skyward information system, so this is not currently reflected.
- If your student was failing a class at the end of 3rd quarter, the teachers are making every effort to work with your student to ensure this is corrected.
- Students in attendance in online classes need to take advising from their instructors and staff at NWTC.
Other Help Updates:
- Feeling stressed at home? Concerned about your child or children’s mental health during this time? I have linked some help lines and offerings of our counties on the website under Self Care.
- Thanks for taking care of your district Chromebooks! If you have a problem with yours, or need assistance please email me, a teacher or call the office.
- We are working with the Junior and Senior Class to try to make their special moments be realized by future planning for Prom, rethinking a way to have Graduation and honoring all of our students on their accomplishments.
Visit our website for updates at www.goodman.k12.wi.us. We encourage you to continue to give us feedback via our feedback survey, or by calling or emailing staff directly. We are here to help and educate your child during this time. Our buildings may be closed, but school is definitely in session!
As always, #GACProud!
March 13, 2020
School Closure Thursday, March 19th - Sunday, April 5th
Governor Tony Evers issued an order to close all K-12 schools starting Thursday, March 19th through April 5th with a start up again on Monday April 6th as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID 19 in Wisconsin.
This link provides the official statement on the state closure of schools. Link
At this time the Goodman Armstrong Creek School District will be following the guidelines the Governor has set forth and we will be closing school at the end of the school day on Wednesday, March 18. We will have school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
While attendance is very important, we understand that each family’s circumstance is unique, and we respect the decisions made by each family. Parents who do not feel comfortable sending their child(ren) to school may opt to keep their child at home without penalty of truancy. For families who have chosen to excuse their children from school, please continue to communicate absences to the school office.
Today your child should have brought home a list of FAQ’s, that will also be up on our website under the Announcements area. Please check this frequently as I will be updating that area often.. The staff and I prepared students today by asking them to bring home their textbooks and chromebooks at the MS/HS level. They will need to bring these back for learning on Monday. With this school closure, we will continue to offer learning for your child and it will be important that they participate in this learning offered. Starting March 30th we will have a plan in place for your child to learn virtually either by chromebook or paper packet as we will do our best to make learning intentional and continuous for your child. We will have more direction for your child and you before students leave on Wednesday, and this information will also be posted on our website.
Please feel free to email or call me with any questions you may have.
The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District values the health and well-being of our students, staff and families. We work throughout the year to promote healthy schools. Safety is always our priority.
As the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) share more information about COVID-19, or the coronavirus, we want you to know that we are regularly in contact with the Department of Public Instruction and the Marinette County Health Department. We plan and respond to emerging communicable disease concernsfollowing the guidance of the public health department and CDC recommendations.
Schools are being encouraged to inform parents/guardians of the coronavirus (COVID-19) given that the CDC is recommending Americans prepare for the likely spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We have met to discuss our school districts response to increased illness in our schools should we experience that. If we have a situation of significantly increased illness, or if there were local cases of COVID-19, we will work closely with the Department of Public Instruction, Marinette County Health Department and will follow and adhere to their directions.
A continued theme from public health officials is that it is currently flu and respiratory disease season and getting vaccinated for influenza, taking everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed is recommended. CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Help your students to wash their hands well
- Do not drop off your sick child at school
- Stay home when you're sick
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
- Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms
Links below to the Centers for Disease Control information about COVID-19:
Links to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services information about COVID-19:
Link to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction webpage:
The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and changing. We understand there is uncertainty involved in this situation. We also wanted to stress the importance of avoiding assumptions or stereotypes about who may be sick. We plan to keep you informed as needed. We encourage you to contact the district with any concerns 715-336-2575.
Interim District Administrator/Principal Position
Goodman-Armstrong Creek (GAC) is nestled in NorthEast Wisconsin, 20 miles south of Florence, 15 miles west of Pembine and 17 miles east of Laona WI.
GAC is home to 110 students 4K-12, who partner with the Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District for all sports through the Patriot Co-op. Though we are the 2nd smallest district in the state, our students have opportunities much like that of a larger school. Utilizing their 1:1 technology they are connected to classes online, they have access to our Fab Lab, and they are connected to NWTC for their Start College Now classes. We have an extremely supportive community and school board. Indicative of that support, we recently passed a referendum that enabled us to make operational improvements to our facilities, and expand programming for our students. Many of our services are shared, including, Pupil Services, School Counselor, Speech, OT/PT and the Business Manager works 3 days per week.
This position is a blend of both 4K-12 Principal and Superintendent.
Please feel free to contact the current superintendent to ask specific questions about the position. The Board is looking for a candidate with some superintendent experience as this position will require you to wear more than one hat. The School District works collaboratively with the 3 other districts in the area (Florence, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine and Niagara) as a consortium. We align our calendars for shared professional development, grant writing and shared leadership. It is a dynamic structure!
We just passed our operating referendum last April and have a strategic plan already set in place moving into the next cycle. The School Board is forward thinking and wonderful to work with. They will give clear direction as to what is needed in the position. The office staff is wonderful and very effective.
Our teachers are amazing and we have a high retention rate. They are self starters and are willing to be teacher leaders.
Please visit the WECAN site to apply.
Deadline for submitting application is Friday, February 28, 2020
The Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person/people has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Allison Space, District Administrator, 1 Falcon Crest Goodman WI, 54125,715-336-2575. email@example.com
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR NLC:
Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, all Adult Ticket prices at the door for sporting events will be $4.
Also beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, the middle school sports seasons will be as follows:
Boys Basketball Oct-Dec
Girls Basketball Jan-Feb
Expanding the Substitute Pools
The District is looking to expand the substitute pools for the following: paraprofessionals, custodial, kitchen and teachers. Please fill out an application found in the district office or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy.