Gladstone District News

January is School Board Appreciation Month
This month, join us in thanking the Gladstone School Board for their service to our community. Each of them spends hundreds of hours each year attending school board meetings, policy and budget meetings, and working with essential committees across the district. Their leadership and thoughtful input is an asset to Gladstone students and staff.

School Board meetings to remain online
Due to the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the January 12 and February 9 School Board meetings will take place via Zoom teleconference. The public is invited to attend by registering via the link found in the agenda posted for each meeting. 

John and Merilee Wetten gift endowment to John Wetten Elementary
Thirty years after his retirement, former Gladstone principal John Wetten surprised staff at his namesake school with a special gift this year, establishing a $200,000 endowment to benefit his namesake school. The invested funds will yield $7,000 to $8,000 each year to support students in two ways.

John and his wife Merilee plan that half the funds will provide for the individual needs of students and their families, supporting both physical needs and emotional needs.

Gladstone Education Foundation gives $20,000 to schools
The Gladstone Education Foundation awarded $20,000 in grants this fall to classrooms across the Gladstone School District.

“We were pleased to have so many applicants, and learning more about each project during the interviews was nothing short of inspiring,” said GEF Executive Director Tammy Tracy.

Projects funded:
• $2,925 — band instruments — Gladstone High
• $362 — 7th grade virtual tour of historic sites in Egypt — Kraxberger Middle School
• $2,484 — art supplies — Kraxberger Middle School
• $2,799 — biotechnology materials — Gladstone High
• $8,000 — launch of a new e-sports team — Gladstone High
• $1,150 — 7th grade salmon field study — Kraxberger Middle School
• $1,780 — kindergarten story workshop — Gladstone Center for Children & Families
• $500 — student desks and stools — Kraxberger Middle School