Monday, November 16, 2009

School Bus Unloading

From 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM Ash Street between Tamarack and Elm is closed to all traffic except school bus loading and unloading. It is imperative that no vehicles use this portion of Ash Street during this time for the safety of the students. We have had several incidents of cars driving through Ash Street while buses are unloading students in the morning. Not only is this dangerous, it is illegal. Violators will be prosecuted. 

Friday, November 6, 2009

Community Service

Genesee Junior Senior High School recently completed a Community Service afternoon last Wednesday. Organized using the school's color groups (cross-grade groupings of students) and supervised by staff members, the students performed various activities including raking leaves for senior citizens, collecting litter along roadways, organized food bank donations and stocked shelves, repainted playground game spaces, hauled firewood for senior citizens, cleaned up the memorial park and statue, cleaned the downtown park by the Verizon building, and made cookies and delivered them to the Genesee Fire Department.

Another on-going community service project organized and run by the students is a food bank drive and contest which will culminate in two weeks. Your support of their efforts is greatly appreciated. Community Service is an important component of Vision 21; the District's effort to incorporate 21st century learning skills into the educational process. The 21st century skills are embodied in the Board of Trustees Philosophy and Objectives (see Policy 300.2). "Participate effectively in civic life" is the skill supported by community service.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

$3,318.60 raised for Breast Cancer Research

Through the combined efforts of the Genesee and Troy volleyball teams, $3,318.60 and has been donated to the Side-Out Foundation in Annandale, Virginia for breast cancer research. The Dig Pink volleyball match held between the Bulldogs and Trojans on October 13 was the featured event of this multi-pronged fund raising effort.

Various activities were held including a sign auction, 50-50, serving contest, and business donations but by far the largest effort was collecting pledges for team digs during the match. Several players collected over $300 of pledges. Rachel Krick, Genesee junior, collected the most and will be awarded a pink and white volleyball at the volleyball awards banquet to be held on November 19.

Thank you to all the donors and participants in this event. The initial goal was to raise $1,000 in the event. We are so excited to have more than tripled our initial goal.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Veteran's Day

Genesee School will sponsor it's annual Veterans' Day assembly at 9:00 AM on November 11. All veterans and other community members are invited to attend this assembly in the school gym. The assembly is being held to honor those who have served in our military in defense of the United States. This program also provides an excellent opportunity for our students to learn about the importance of honoring those who have given their time, and in some cases their lives, for their country.

Other educational activities will be held throughout the day to reinforce the important concepts that this holiday embodies. If you are veteran, please consider attending this important assembly.

Monday, November 2, 2009

H1N1 Vaccination Clinic

On Tuesday, November 10 at 9:00 AM, the school district, in conjunction with the Idaho Department of Public Health, will be providing a vaccination clinic for Genesee Elementary students under the age of ten. Information and permission forms will be sent home with students of this target population. The vaccination will be administered by the Public Health Department staff. A follow-up clinic for the second dose will be held in four weeks. Vaccinations for older students may be scheduled at a later time when the vaccine becomes available.

Please watch for the forms from your child this week. Vaccine will only be given to students with appropriately signed permission forms. The recommendation of the Center for Disease Control, the Public Health Department and the Genesee School District is that all students should take the vaccine.