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FREE/REDUCED APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 10/15!

4 days ago

If your Grand Blanc student has qualified in the past (or may qualify) for Free or Reduced Meals, the application deadline for this school year is October 15! GBCS Dining Services has made it easier than ever to apply through your parent portal account online! Go to https://goo.gl/rVcT8t to login to P-link (your dining parent portal) and in the upper right corner click on “School Meals Application”. 

Dining Services Parent Portal

FIND OUT WHAT YOUR STUDENT IS EATING!

Through P-Link, you can also see the details of what and when your student has purchased from dining services. If you have forgotten your password, you can click to reset. If you’ve forgotten your username or have trouble logging in, please email Tracy at tcolumbu@GrandBlancSchools.org or call 810-591-6928.

REAPPLY LATER IF YOUR SITUATION CHANGES!

Please note that if your financial situation changes at any time during the school year, you are welcome to apply at that time. Students that receive Free or Reduced Lunch and have not filled out the form for 2018-19, will cease to receive that benefit after October 15, based on the application for last school year. Please reapply by October 15! 

DINING SERVICES AT GBCS

VISIT DINING SERVICES WEBSITE!

Dining Services web page is located at: https://goo.gl/BypTMD, and has links to detailed menus for each building in the district, P-Link Parent Portal, PaySchools, and more! PaySchools allows you to add money to your student’s lunch account and sign up for alerts to notify you when the account is low. 

Dining Services at GBCS

GBHS Construction Trades Partners with City Hall to Create Business Park

about 1 month ago

Grand Blanc Community Schools is excited to announce that our Construction Trades students will be collaborating with the City of Grand Blanc, U of M-Flint and the Harding Foundation for the 2018-19 school year. Construction Trades is part of the CTE (Career & Technical Education) program at Grand Blanc High School. The Geometry In Construction, Construction Trades 2 and Advanced Construction students will be participating in the build.

The students, supervised by Grand Blanc High School teachers Wes Wiltse and Jason Youngs, will be building “tiny house” style structures that will be used on Grand Blanc Road as start-up business rental properties. Wiltse said, “One f the things that are most exciting to me is that our students will be able to go out in the community 20 years from now and tell their kids that ‘I built that!’ They take great pride in their work. Also, I’m so thankful for the opportunity given to us by Mayor Soderstrom and the City of Grand Blanc.” Youngs agreed, stating, “This is an amazing opportunity for the students in our Construction Trades program. The ability to give our students an opportunity to serve others in our community is what Grand Blanc is about.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for the students in our Construction Trades program. The ability to give our students an opportunity to serve others in our community is what Grand Blanc is about.” 
- Teacher, Jason Youngs

The small buildings will be available for rent to entrepreneurs that want to have a location but haven’t yet achieved the necessity or resources to have a bigger space. “With the generous grant funding from The Harding Foundation, the City of Grand Blanc is excited to be working with so many partners bringing entrepreneurs to our downtown and creating a sense of place in 2019,” said City Manager, Wendy Jean-Buhrer.

Grand Blanc Schools Superintendent, Clarence Garner, is enthusiastic about the collaboration, adding, “We are so fortunate in Grand Blanc to have a unique partnership with our City and Township. Having teachers like Mr. Youngs and Mr. Wiltse who seek out opportunities for our students to expand their experiences outside of the classroom to impact our community is really what public education is all about.”

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the village green
port austin, michigan

The innovative pop-up tiny business has become very popular, an example of which can be seen in Port Austin, Michigan, called The Village Green (pictures above). Grand Blanc city officials hope to attract new business ventures to the area with the tiny buildings and provide a unique shopping experience to residents on Grand Blanc Road by City Hall.

Superintendent Garner, Wiltse, and Youngs recently joined organizers at Grand Blanc City Hall in accepting a check from The Harding Foundation that will fund an intense workshop for new businesses. The [IN] (Innovation Incubator) 3-part series is designed to help take ideas to the market and is led by U of M-Flint’s Office of Outreach. The sessions will be held October 4th, 11th and 25th from 5pm-8pm at Grand Blanc McFarlen Library. The boot camp will help participants prepare for a Business Pitch Competition that will take place on November 8th at Grand Blanc City Hall. The grand prize of this will be a FREE season of rent at the city’s new pop-up business park.

[IN] on the Road Business Boot Camp will be open at no cost to all adults and teens courtesy of The Harding Foundation. The Harding Foundation’s David Merot said, “The Harding Foundation is pleased to reveal our new grant project with the City, the University of Michigan-Flint and Grand Blanc High School. The future seems to be brighter when community members and organizations partner and work together.”

Youngs and Wiltse aim to have Construction Trades students complete 5 structures simultaneously by April 2019. The students will complete the exterior with siding, shingles, soffit and fascia, doors and windows to specifications from the City. The inside will be studs and OSB, to be finished by the future renter.

For more information, please go online to https://www.umflint.edu/outreach/road. The application form can be found here.

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Sad News from GBCS:

2 months ago

beloved grand blanc football coach, pat mullaly, lost to fatal traffic accident

Grand Blanc Community Schools learned of the passing of a treasured member of our school family this past weekend. We are sad to confirm that Coach Pat Mullaly was critically injured in a traffic accident and has passed away as a result of his injuries. Coach Pat has been positively impacting our students and athletes as a guest teacher and football coach since 2013.

The administration would like to express our heartfelt sympathy, thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and our athletic family. The athletic program at Grand Blanc is a tight-knit community that is deeply feeling this loss, and we plan to provide as much support to the staff and players as they need in this difficult time. We will remember Coach Mullaly as a coach, mentor, teacher, friend, and forever Bobcat.

We’ve witnessed the tremendous outpouring of support from our fellow school districts, athletic programs and community members and we greatly appreciate all of these sentiments. It is truly a testament to the high esteem in which Coach Pat was held. 

Details of the accident are unknown to us at this time. In the meantime, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers as we navigate this loss with our community. 


Arrangements: 


MULLALY, Patrick “Pat” Wayne – of Flint, MI, age 42, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 at Hurley Medical Center. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Friday, August 17, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 North Dayton Street, Davison, MI 48423; Rev. Fr. Andrew A. Czajkowski celebrant. Interment immediately following the Mass in New Calvary Catholic Cemetery. The family will receive visitors 11 AM-3 PM and 5-8 PM Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Allen Funeral Home, 9136 Davison Road, Davison, MI 48423 and 10-11 AM Friday, August 17, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Rosary will be prayed 6 PM Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Allen Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Pat was born in Flint, MI on March 28, 1976, son of John (Nancy) Mullaly and Debbie (Torok) Mullaly. He married Lisa Guerra on April 6, 2016. Pat was a graduate of Kearsley High School Class of 1994. He coached football for Grand Blanc Schools for many years and he was a referee for Grand Blanc Parks and Rec.

Pat is survived by his wife, Lisa Guerra; son, Hunter Mullaly; sister, Jennifer (Jeff) Cheek; 2 nephews, Jake and “Little” Hunter; mother-in-law, Goldie “Gold” Guerra; step-brother, Michael (Shannon) Smith; special friends, Scott Wood, Mike Sparr, Aaron Hamp and B.J. Borton; many other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Albert (Bernice) Torok; paternal grandparents, Richard (Constance) Mullaly; 3 uncles, Mark Torok, Andy Torok and Phillip Mullaly; aunt, Florence Morgan; father-in-law, John Guerra.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the Hurley Trauma Center, for their compassionate and professional care.

Please share your thoughts with the family at www.allenfuneralhomeinc.com

Important Announcement from GBCS:

about 1 month ago

Site Supervisor Cheryl Rayner Lost in Medical Incident/Vehicle Crash



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Rayner, Cheryl Ann Flint Age 52, died August 28, 2018. Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday, September 1 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel, at our temporary location at The Hill Creek Church, 5363 Hill Rd., Swartz Creek (Mundy Township). Visitation will be 2-8 PM Friday, and 11 AM until the time of service Saturday.

This morning a motor vehicle accident took place on Jewett Trail near Grand Blanc High School in the City of Grand Blanc. Police were called to the scene at approximately 6:00 am on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, to a one-vehicle accident. It appeared the vehicle had run into fencing and then hit the corner of a brick building in a maintenance area.

Grand Blanc Community Schools Superintendent, Clarence Garner, arrived at the scene to learn the driver was a long-time contracted employee of the school district. 

Cheryl Rayner was a Custodial Site Supervisor employed through Knight Facilities Management and had worked for the school district since 2004. Soon after, the school administration was notified Ms. Rayner passed away at the hospital. Her family has been notified.

At this time it is believed that a medical incident led to the crash. Funeral arrangements are not yet known. Cheryl has been described as a wonderful person with a big heart. She will be greatly missed by our Grand Blanc Schools family.

No students were in school at the time of the accident. 

Caution!

4 months ago

DO YOUR RESEARCH


Grand Blanc Schools Urges Caution with Private Companies

Offering Financial Aid Research Services


Paying for College is daunting for many of our Grand Blanc students and parents, but please do your research before paying anyone else to help you find aid. Grand Blanc Schools has received word that some of our families are receiving letters offering services to help you find ways to pay for college. The administration asks you to beware of any unsolicited contact from private companies. Companies may be contacting our students and parents by phone, email or through the mail. Similar companies have been charging people excessive amounts of money to provide information that can likely be found for free.

Most genuine sources of assistance are going to come from government agencies, Grand Blanc High School staff, or the colleges themselves, and don’t cost a penny. The federal government says to be wary if what the seller is offering seems to be good to be true. These companies often use high-pressure tactics and create urgency to sign on the dotted line. They may offer services for free and then ask for money after contact has been made. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) website says companies tap into the anxiety parents feel about paying for college and make urgent statements like, "Buy now or miss this opportunity." They may invite you to a “free” seminar where they claim if you leave without buying the service, you will have to pay more or not be able to receive services. 
 
The US Department of Education website states, “Remember, the ‘opportunity’ is a chance to pay for information you could find yourself for free.” There is a vast amount of free information out there, and it takes just a little effort in this online age to access a host of organizations and scholarship applications on your own. One of the most crucial things you can do is to fill out the FAFSA by the deadline given by your State and Federal agencies. FAFSA applications usually begin acceptance in October of the year prior to graduation. The State of Michigan deadline for fall was March 1 and the Federal deadline is June 30 this year. Changes can be made until September. If you’ve missed the state deadline, it is still a good idea to fill out the application. Even if you aren’t sure what your plans are, it is a good idea to fill out the application. The process is free and is often a prerequisite for other state and local scholarships.
 
The State of Michigan Department of Education has a State Higher Education Agency with a website that lists scholarship opportunities and other valuable information. The site states the following: “High school seniors should be ready to start their scholarship applications in the fall. High school underclassmen should research scholarship opportunities and begin assembling application components so that they can prepare their scholarship applications in the fall of their senior year.”

The US Department of Education lists the following recommended free resources for advice: 

·       the financial aid office at a college or career school
·       a high school or TRIO counselor (Department of Education)
·       the U.S. Department of Labor’s free scholarship search tool
·       your state grant agency
·       your library’s reference section
·       foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
·       organizations (including professional associations) related to your field of interest
·       ethnicity-based organizations
·       your employer or your parents’ employers


Some scholarship deadlines are as early as a year before college starts, so if you’re in high school now, you should be researching and applying for scholarships during the summer between your junior and senior years.

If you aren’t at the stage of getting ready for college just yet, talk to your high school counselor during the school year about what career paths you are considering and what options there are to save some money now. There are many opportunities to earn college credit while still in high school that will save some money later on, as well as trades programs that will give you a sound foundation for a great career after high school.

These are a couple of great places to get started:

FAFSA Website

Michigan Student Aid


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Restorative Justice

4 months ago

Restorative Justice is not a new philosophy, but it has been newly mandated in 2016 by the State of Michigan (House Bill 5619) as a required process when students are being punished for behavior in school. This law stipulates that before choosing suspension for students, school administrators must first assess and address discipline situations using other strategies, thus eliminating “zero tolerance” policies across the state.

Grand Blanc is not only implementing the required process but is embracing the philosophy that Restorative Practice teaches educators, administration, and students. Instead of concentrating solely on the punishment of the student that has offended, it shifts focus to the responsibility of that individual to make right whatever situation they have created and encourages empathy for the party they offended against.

Last summer, several Grand Blanc Schools employees from elementary, middle and high school levels participated in a special training program given by Roy Burton of Michigan Restorative Practices Trainers & Consultants (MIRPTC). The program teaches 4 key features: Respect, Responsibility, Repair, and Re-Integration. More information on MIRPTC can be found here.



Miranda Heemsoth, Student Advisor, and Brian VanBuren, Responsibility Room Supervisor at East Middle School, both say Restorative Practices have made a huge difference in behavior in their halls. VanBuren says it’s changed the whole feel of the Responsibility Room, from being solely a place with consequences to a place where discussions take place. Students are expected to find some way to deal with whatever conflict has arisen, whether it has been with another student or a member of the faculty.

Students still may serve a suspension. The successful process can reduce the amount of time they serve, as the goal is always to have students in school… but it’s also about what happens after the punishment, and having the student understand the feelings they’ve created for someone else and come up with ways to make the situation better. In one case, a student who was suspended for being disrespectful to staff chose to write a letter to the teacher – an apology and what they intended to do differently - upon their return after a suspension. The teacher expressed their gratitude to have that connection because it made the student’s return less awkward for both parties. 

Another goal is to reduce the amount of re-offense by healing the issue instead of just delaying another conflict. That healing may include an apology, and it might include separating the parties involved for a while. East Middle School principal, Jodi Kruse, and Asst. Principal Scott Turnbow agree that they’ve seen a notable drop in offenses, as well as the seriousness of offenses, since instituting Restorative Practices.

Restorative Justice takes on different forms at different age levels, too. The elementary schools might have “Peace Circles” where students can safely have a discussion about their feelings that’s mediated by staff. Middle or high school students might have a meeting with administration and parents that similarly allows the student to understand their impact and come up with a tangible way to make up for their offense.

Heemsoth says that even just the language in the classroom makes a difference. For example: “Stop talking.” becomes, “It makes me feel disrespected when you speak while I’m speaking.”- connecting students to the consequences their actions have on another human being. The attendees say having that language be consistent in the student’s education is key, which is why Grand Blanc Schools intends to expand the Restorative Justice training district-wide through the Strategic Plan over the coming years.