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To the Gladstone Community,

Our nation has been shaken by the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This tragic event is yet another reminder that too many African Americans live in fear of losing their lives simply because of the color of their skin.

Students of color and their families are a vital part of our Gladstone school community. To them we say, “We see you, we hear you, and we stand beside you.” We remain committed to dismantle racism in our schools and to help its survivors heal from their trauma.

I invite each of you to think about what you can personally do to help end racism. I’ve found that a good place to begin is to stop and listen to people of color — your classmates, your neighbors, your friends, and your coworkers. Only then can we begin to understand their lived experiences, and the many ways, day in and day out, they have been impacted by racism.

I’m pleased to see that the dialog in our community has already begun. Moving forward, we must be persistent in thinking about, reading about, and talking about race and racism. Each of us has a role to play in our community, our workplace, and our family to bring equity and safety to people of color.

Thank you for all you do for Gladstone students,

Bob Stewart, Superintendent
Gladstone Schools
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Honoring the Class of 2020
Enjoy this photo album of the senior class picking up their graduation caps & gowns. We love you, Gladiators!

Reaching GHS Staff:
During the COVID-19 school closure, GHS staff is working from home and available by phone and email. If you call the school, please leave a message and your call will be returned as we are able. A directory of email addresses here: http://gladstone.k12.or.us/high/contact-us/

Transcript, Education Verifications and Records Requests should be emailed directly to GHS Registrar, Vicki Baker: bakerv@gladstone.k12.or.us

All other inquiries can be emailed to the GHS Principal’s Secretary, Shaun Southmayd: southmas@gladstone.k12.or.us and she will forward messages to the appropriate staff member.

Website helps families with distance learning
We have a new resource for families figuring out distance learning. Learn:
• How to connect to the Internet
• How to check out a Chromebook
• How students in grades K-5 can access Seesaw
• How students in grades 6-12 can access Google Classroom

Taking care of yourself is Job One!
In difficult and uncertain times, the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself. Here are some tips from GHS counselors on self care strategies to manage your stress and help you focus on the positive.

Register for school in Gladstone
If you recently moved to Gladstone, you can register for school and participate in our distance learning program from home until schools reopen as usual.   To register, contact the school secretary:
Kindergarten — Gladstone Center for Children & Families
Heidi Smith: smithh@gladstone.k12.or.us
Grades 1-5 — John Wetten Elementary
Linda Alberico: albericol@gladstone.k12.or.us
Grades 6-8 — Kraxberger Middle School
Jennifer Bokenyi: bokenyij@gladstone.k12.or.us
Grades 9-12 — Gladstone High
Vicki Baker: bakerv@gladstone.k12.or.us

To transfer to Gladstone from another district, contact Natalie Weninger at weningern@gladstone.k12.or.us

All Gladstone schools will be closed from March 16 through the end of this school year as part of a statewide school closure ordered by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

To prevent germs from spreading, please remind your child to wash hands thoroughly and often. Cough into a tissue or their sleeve. Anyone who is sick should stay home until 72 hours after symptoms subside.

Schools provide free meals for kids during school closure
Gladstone Schools has a new distribution schedule for grab & go meals. Drive through & walk up service is provided to protect social distancing. You will receive 5 breakfasts & 5 lunches for each child each week.

Gladstone Center for Children & Families
18905 Portland Avenue

9 a.m. to Noon Every Wednesday

Gladstone graduation rate hits historic high
Gladstone High School’s Class of 2019 had a district graduation rate of over 91%. The rate, a historic high, is more than 11% above the state average.

“Over the past three years, new support programs and high-interest electives helped propel our graduation rate,” said Gladstone High principal Kevin Taylor. “As a small school with big opportunities, we are immensely proud of our students’ accomplishments.”

District plan for new funding based on public input
The Student Success Act will bring Gladstone Schools over $1 million per year starting in fall 2020. The district plan for how to spend these funds to boost student achievement will be based on input from parents, staff and students gathered in fall 2019.
Find out the latest about the plan.