Wednesday, June 24, 2015

City of Grandview Recognize GHS State Track and Field Championship Team

The Grandview High School Boys Track team received high honors from Grandview Mayor Leonard Jones at Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting. 

The team was given a proclamation from Mayor Jones, on behalf of the City, for winning the 2015 Track and Field State Championship. The girl’s team was also celebrated for its individual state champions and for placing fourth.

The boys’ team took home its fifth state title in a row at this year’s state track meet. Both teams ended up with six individual state champions.  One of those state champions includes Anglerne Annelus. She set two state records in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

GHS Parent and GC-4 BOE Member Named K.C.’s Father of the Year

J.P. Haley wrote an essay about his dad, Ron Haley, in his GHS english class one day.  The essay didn’t just get him a top grade on the assignment but it was submitted to the National Center for Fathering.  J.P.’s essay was picked as one of the top essays among more than 2000 entries.  During a Royals game this week Ron was chosen as Kansas City’s Father of the Year.  He was also chosen as a 2015 Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat honoree. Ron has two sons in the Grandview School District. He is also a Board of Education member for our district.  

The honor comes just in time for Father’s Day.  Click here to see Ron and J.P.'s interview about the award on 41 Action News.

GC-4 Receives Top Honors for Use of Website Software

GC-4 was the recipient of four Awards of Excellence given by eBOARDsolutions in June 2015.  eBOARDsoltuions is a web-based governance tool that uses online meetings, planning and evaluation software to help align the work of school boards and keep the focus on the goal of improving student learning.  The eBOARDsolutions Awards of Excellence program was created to showcase best practices in organizational leadership in the areas of strategic plan management, evaluation, meetings administration and communications.

GC-4 has been using eBOARDsolutions since January 2014 to communicate online school board policies and meetings with the community.  Our district took 1st place for Best Use of the software’s Evaluations Module, 2nd Place for Best Use of the Meetings Module, the Newcomer Award for Best Use of the Evaluations Module, and the Innovator Award for a unique use of the meetings module.

Grandview C4 BOE Receives Missouri Outstanding Board of Education Award

The Grandview C4 Board of Education was one of only five districts in Missouri honored as an Outstanding Board of Education in the category of Teaching, Learning and Assessment during the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) Leadership Summit on June 13, 2015.  The Board was recognized for their leadership over the past three years as the district has shown high academic achievement.  MSBA noted that "there is a tight alignment of building and department plans to the district strategic plan" and that "the Board continually reviews student achievement data to guide program and governance decisions." The Board received 97% of available points on their application.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Belvidere and Martin City Schools Receive Big Lots Grant

Martin City Big Lots Grand Opening
June 12, 2015
Big Lots celebrated its new Martin City store with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its grand opening Friday. GC-4 Superintendent Ralph Teran did the honors of cutting the ribbon for the cause.  The neighborhood store presented $2,000 checks to both Belvidere Elementary School and Martin City K-8 School. Principal Liz Means of Belvidere and Assistant Principal Jacqueline Spencer and Marci Simon of Martin City accepted the checks on behalf of the school.  

"The students of Martin City will greatly benefit from this generous donation which will ensure supplies will be available in their classes," said Martin City Principal Johnny Dodge.

The schools were chosen based on needs and because they are neighborhood schools to the store.

"Belvidere Elementary is overjoyed for the very generous donation by Big Lots!  Our Scholar Students will definitely benefit from the school supplies that the donation will provide.  We deeply appreciate the generosity of Big Lots and their investment into our Scholar Students and our school,” said Means.

Thank you Big Lots and welcome to the GC-4 community!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Interim Assistant Principals Announced for the 2015-16 School Year

Please join us in welcoming the following administrative appointments:

Ms. Jamie Russell, Curriculum & Instruction Department, Coordinator of Professional Development/Extended Learning, to interim assistant principal  at Grandview High School (GHS).

Ms. Dana Green, Missouri Options Coordinator and Transitions K-5 Counselor at CAIR, to interim assistant principal at Martin City.

Mr. Andy Leech, Project Lead the Way Teacher, GHS, to interim assistant principal at Martin City.

Jamie Russell
2015-16 GHS Interim Asst. Principal

Dana Green
2015-16 Martin City Interim Asst. Principal

Andy Leech
2015-16 Martin City Interim Asst. Principal

Monday, June 8, 2015

Grandview High School Alumni Jazz Band Members Reunite for “Once in a Generation Concert”

More than 20 GHS alumni musicians will be back at Grandview High School to perform a once-in-a-generation 7 pm concert June 21st. Musicians will include a graduate who’s played piano for Cirque du Soleil shows and lives in Montreal, Quebec, a GHS grad who teaches percussion in Seoul, South Korea, to name a few.  GHS graduates from 1989 to 2015 will travel from two other countries and five states to perform in the free concert.

 The event celebrates the rich legacy and supports the future of the Grandview C-4 school district jazz program. The public is encouraged to attend the concert.

The GHS alumni musician “Big Band” will also perform for 200 Grandview school district summer school students at 10 am, June 22 at Grandview Middle School and at the Missouri Bandmaster's Convention at Port Arrowhead that night. The GHS band directors over the last 30 years, Garry Anders, Bob Drummond and Danny Watring, will be conducting the musical pieces.

Funds raised through sponsorships of the program will help underwrite some of the concert costs and will help send student musicians to jazz clinics and camps to help continue the program’s excellence.

Grandview alumni musicians coming to make up the “Big Band” include:

Anthony Cooperwood, 1989 Grandview graduate, coming from Montreal, Quebec, will play piano.
Cooperwood has toured internationally as keyboardist/backup conductor with Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion (8 years); performed at Montreal Jazz Festival on keyboards and bass; performed on trans-Atlantic cruises;
He has a BA Music & Piano Performance (1993) and MA Education (1994) from Truman State; has taught elementary & high school music, presents lectures annually at teacher’s conference in Quebec.

DeAnthony Nelson, Jr., 2004 Grandview grad, coming from Seoul, South Korea, will play drumset.
Nelson teaches drums and percussion at Korean Art Conservatory in Seoul, serves as the music and sound director for Ruva Film, and performs regularly as a session drummer for various K-pop artists. He earned a BA, Pittsburg State University 2010.

The Grandview Alumni band directors are Garry Anders, who taught band at Grandview High School from 1983-2007 and taught at Missouri Valley College; Bob Drummond who taught at GHS 1984 – 2000, and Danny Watring who has been band director at Grandview from 1986 – 92 and 2006 to present. The directors have won multiple awards and served in state and national leadership roles as music educators. They have each directed college, community and church bands outside of their high school band experiences.

·        In addition to Montreal, Quebec, and Seoul, South Korea, other alumni musicians are coming from Los Angeles, Calif., Ann Arbor, Mich., and Bloomington, Ind., as well as Springfield, Mo., and the Kansas City region.
·        The oldest musician is Anthony Cooperwood (GHS 1989) and the youngest graduated from Grandview High School last month, Tim Ogutu on guitar.
·        Many play music professionally; all continue to play music in some capacity.
·        The directors have a total of 55 years teaching jazz and instrumental music at Grandview.
·        Grandview C-4 school district fields four competitive jazz bands – two high school and two middle school bands, plus a jazz combo – making it unique among school districts its size.

The two high school and two middle school jazz bands consistently receive 1 rating at festivals. Over the years, many students have qualified for all-state and all-district jazz bands. Many Grandview grads continue to play in college jazz bands and, as demonstrated with this alumni band, continue to play as jazz professionals. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

GHS Boys Track and Field Take Home Fifth State Title

State Titles, Broken Records, Bulldog Track and Field at it again

What a weekend, what a season for the Grandview High School boys and girls track and field teams!!  The boys’ team took home its fifth, yes fifth state title in a row.  The girls took fourth place overall.  But the celebration doesn’t end there. The teams ended up with six state champions!! 

Anglerne Annelus won in two events.  She even set two state records in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.  She broke KC Central High School’s, Muna Lee’s record that was set in 1999.  Annelus set the new records at 11.64 in the 100-meter dash and 23.47 in the 200-meter dash.  Annelus will be heading to UCLA next year to continue her success on the track.  She was also part of the girl’s winning 4x200 meter relay that included Amber Henderson, Sydnee Mitchell, and Irea Brown. 

Maliek Kendall, also won two events they include the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.  Cirr Davis took home the gold in the Triple Jump

"To have one state champion on our teams is wonderful, but to have our teams win six events, now that is amazing! These athletes are the best in the state of Missouri.  These are the student-athletes that every coach dreams of, they work hard in the classroom and on the track, and they volunteer in their community as well. Our coaching staff is extremely proud of these young men and women,” said Dana Bedwell, Head Girls Track Coach.

We’d also like to recognize the rest of the team’s All-State athletes, they include:

Loren Anderson, 2nd place in the 110-meter hurdles & 6th place Long Jump
Sydnee Mitchell, 2nd place in the 400-meter dash
Caulin Graves, 5th place 100-meter dash, 2nd place 200-meter dash
Michael Spears, 6th place 100-meter dash, 3rd place 4x100 relay
Miranda Carr, 7th place shot put
Hunter Pittman, 6th place pole vault
Timolin Dooley, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Irea Brown, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Amber Henderson, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Anglerne Annelus, 4th place girls 4x100 relay
Verrell Garrett, 3rd place boys 4x100 relay
Deauntae Moss, 3rd place boys 4x100 relay
Maliek Kendall, 3rd place boys 4x100 relay

Way to go Bulldogs!!