Friday, August 29, 2014

District & Statewide APR Scores Are Released to the Public

Today, the district and statewide APR scores were released to the public.

The entire Grandview C4 community should be extremely proud of the 90% APR score received to once again place the district in the "Accreditation with Distinction" category.  

Most importantly, with 13 out of 14 points in 2012 on the old scoring system, 93.6% in 2013, and now 90% in 2014, we know that the Grandview students are being well educated and that the district continues to be headed in the right direction.  As Dr. Teran stated at the District orientation this year, we know we still have work to do in all areas, but we also need to celebrate these accomplishments!

As a comparison, here are a few final APR scores from surrounding districts that may interest you.

Regardless of whether you are an employee of the district, a parent, or a community member, you have helped contribute to the success of the District and students.  Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we further our efforts to close the achievement gap and ensure that ALL students graduate from Grandview C4 college and career ready!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GHS leaders Dedicate Stadium Entry with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Before the big win Friday night for the Grandview Bulldogs against the Ruskin Eagles, district leaders  celebrated the high school stadium’s new look. 

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place dedicating Grandview High School’s new entry of the stadium.  It was held under the GHS arch. Dozens of community members and district leaders were there to celebrate the occasion.  The school board’s vice president, Wayne Terpstra did the honors by cutting the ribbon.  All of the administrators involved got to take home a souvenir ticket to mark the occasion.

“The new stadium entry, which complements the Archway in Main Street Grandview, is a wonderful "front door" to The Grandview C-4 School District. Without doubt the people who enter know they are in the home of the Proud Grandview Bulldogs,” said Superintendent Ralph Teran.

The project includes a stamped concrete entry place, a grand entrance arch, ticket booth, and flag pole area.  There’s also new landscaping and fencing from GHS to High Grove Early Childhood Center.

“We are excited about the newest upgrade to our athletic facilities. The new entryway truly brings a touch of style and class to our stadium. The district has done so much for our student-athletes and we look forward to what is coming next,” said Steve Robertson, Athletics Director.

The project began in June, as soon as the regular school year was completed.  The contract for the project totaled $370,682.

Bulldogs Win Big Against Rivals Ruskin on 8.22.14

What better way to open up football season than with a big win against a long awaited rivalry match-up.  Grandview’s varsity football team won big against the Ruskin Eagles, with a score of 33-6.   Hundreds packed the stadium to cheer on our Bulldogs. What a great start to the season. Go BULLDOGS!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Back to School Nights Around GC-4

High Grove Early Childhood Center was full of excitement Wednesday night August 20. 2014. Parents had the chance to see what their little ones are going to be up to this school year.  These are our youngest Bulldogs getting their head start at educational excellence.

Meadowmere Elementary hosts dozens of parents and students at this year’s Back to School Night held Thursday.  Principal John Herrera and the school’s PTA council served up a spaghetti dinner to kick things off. Then parents had the chance to check out what their kids will be up to for the 2014-2015 school year. Go Meadowlarks!

Belvidere Elementary School had a lot to celebrate Thursday.  The school hosted parents and students for Curriculum Night.  Dozens of parents packed the school’s gym before heading into the classrooms to sit down with teachers and students to see what their kids will be learning this year.  Principal Liz Means even made a special announcement to parents boosting the school’s perfect score on the state’s Annual Performance Report.

Grandview Middle School brought out the hot dogs, chips, and popcorn for their back to school night Thursday August 28th. Dozens of parents and students packed the cafeteria for food and fun.  They also had the chance to check out what students will be up to this year.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Blue and Gold Brigade Kicks off Fall Sports on August 15, 2014

We got spirit, yes we do! We got spirit, how about you?  The Grandview Bulldog spirit was loud and proud at this year’s Blue and Gold Brigade event.

This is the second year for the occasion.  All of the district’s fall sports teams come together and display their hard work so far and talents.  The event brings excitement to the fields of Grandview High School. Sports teams like girls’ tennis, volleyball, softball, cheerleading, golf, boys’ soccer, football and both cross country teams held exhibitions, scrimmages, and their own introductions Friday night.

 "We just want to showcase our kids and our facilities and we want our booster club to be involved and present and just get everybody else on board and all the parents to showcase our students."  Steven Robertson, Athletic Director.

The event ended with a performance by the Blue and Gold band. It kick started the district’s sports fall season on a high note.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Grandview C-4 Welcomes New Board of Education Member

Newest BOE member Greg Griffie officially joined the team during Thursday night’s board meeting.  Griffie was sworn in and appointed to the seat by board members. 

Griffie says he had a desire to be on the BOE comes from a growing belief that there is ALWAYS something more that we can do or that we can help with.  

“My goal for being on the board is a simple one:  I want to be a part of the bigger picture.  I want to be part of a guarantee that our children and their children in time are receiving the best education and skill set that we can possibly provide for them,” said Griffie. 

Griffie is from the Southern Arkansas agricultural region originally and moved to the Grandview area in 2000 with his wife, Laura and son, Donovan.  His son graduated through the Grandview school district.   Greg works in the field of ophthalmology. 

He will serve until the election in April 15.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Grandview Middle School Ribbon Cutting Celebrates New Gymnasium on 8.13.14

Students have been waiting all summer to see what their brand new gymnasium would look like.  This week the wait was over.  Wednesday night Grandview C-4 School District leaders and community members celebrated the completion of the remodeled gym with a ribbon cutting at Grandview Middle School.

“The gym renovation is exciting! It brings our facilities to the same level or higher to those schools around us,” said Jennifer Price, GMS Principal.

You can just smell the fresh wood on the floor of the new facility.  Price says it’s been a long time coming for students.  The old gym had been in place since 1967.  The gymnasium’s new look includes ceiling lights, painted walls, and a brand new wooden floor.

“We thank the Grandview community for its support of the bond issues which made the construction possible.  It shows our students we value them,” said Price.

Gym class won’t be the same for GMS students. They received a warm welcome in their brand new gym Thursday as they returned for the first day of school.

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