January 4, 2018
It is time to begin the 9th grade registration process for the 2018–2019 school year. In an effort to provide parents an opportunity to become involved in the high school registration process, informational meetings have been planned for 8th grade students and parents.
The high school counselors will be meeting with 8th graders on Thursday, January 11 during the school day at GMS. Students will learn about graduation requirements, receive a copy of the curriculum handbook and a registration worksheet.
A parent meeting will be held on Monday, January 22 at 7:00 pm in the Gretna High School theatre. The entire registration process will be outlined and explained to parents at this meeting. Students do not need to attend this meeting.
Starting on Tuesday, January 23, parents may schedule their registration conference online. The link will be available on the GMS website and it will also be emailed. If you do not have access to a computer or are having difficulty with the site, you can call GMS and ask for Kiely Hermeling at 402-332-3048.
The high school counselors will meet with 8th grade students and their parents for a registration conference on Feb. 6, 7, 8 at GMS. These conferences will last approximately 15 minutes each and take place from 7:30 am through 7:30 pm. Conferences will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. The time of your conference will not affect your child’s opportunity to take a class.
During the registration process, we encourage students and parents to work together in deciding which classes to take. Students are encouraged to visit with their current teachers regarding placement into classes, especially in math, science and English. Please bring the student’s completed registration worksheet to your scheduled conference time.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the high school counselors at 402-332-3936 or Mrs. Hermeling at 402-332-3048.
8TH GRADE REGISTRATION TIMELINE
HS COUNSELORS MEET WITH 8TH GRADE STUDENTS
PARENT MEETING, 7 pm- GRETNA HIGH SCHOOL
WEBSITE OPENS TO MAKE 9th GRADE REGISTRATION CONFERENCE APPOINTMENTS
REGISTRATION CONFERENCES- GMS
Our Vocal Music Concert for students currently in 2nd Trimester 6th/7th grade music classes is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00pm in the GMS gym. Students should report by 6:40pm. The concert will also feature GMS Choir and Show Choir.
GPS COMMUNITY REPORT
Each year, the Gretna Public Schools produces a community report that includes informative data compiled for all families and patrons of Gretna. The report provides a “snapshot” of our school system and highlights from the school year.
The report for the 2016/2017 school year can now be found under ‘District Office' on our website: www.gpsne.org
This annual report is produced by the Superintendent’s Office of the Gretna Public Schools. Comments and questions concerning this report should be directed to the Superintendent’s Office.
If you would like a hard copy of the report, please contact Gretna Public Schools administration office at 402-332-3265.
All bus riders will be required to SCAN a Z-pass card to ride the bus. These Z-pass cards allow us to keep track of where and when students are picked up and dropped off. If the Z-card pass is ever damaged, lost, or stolen, there is a $20 Z-pass card fee. We have lanyards and plastic cases available in the office if your child needs them.
On December 11, 2017, the Gretna Public Schools Board of Education called for a Citizens Building and Construction Advisory Committee. The first meeting of the committee will be held Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Administration Office located at 11717 S. 216th Street in Gretna. Discussion at this first meeting of the committee will focus on enrollment trends, housing developments, and housing starts in the Gretna school district. Future meetings will focus on construction options, financial options, and committee recommendations. Ultimately, the advisory committee will present its recommendations to the School Board next spring. All interested parents and community members are invited to attend.
H.O.P.E. CLUB is currently collecting items for the Nebraska Humane Society Donation Drive. We are hoping to collect canned chicken or Vienna sausage, cat & dog toys, unopened jars of peanut butter, gallon size Ziplock freezer bags, yarn, rubber backed rugs, BLANKETS & TOWELS. H.O.P.E. Club has a collecting box by the front office.
The 2018 Nebraska 8th Grade All-State Band results were recently posted and GMS had seven students selected to the ensemble. This year’s All-State band members include Hilary Vaughn (clarinet), Morgan Dierkhising (bassoon), Isabella Bricker (1st chair bassoon), Kale Edmonds (bari sax), Micah Shaffer (trumpet), Izzie Driewer (percussion) and Johnny Hollman (1st chair percussion). The event will take place on Saturday, January 13th at Kearney High School. This year’s guest clinician/conductor will be Dr. Erica Neidlinger, Associate Professor of Music at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Neidlinger conducts the Wind Symphony at DePaul, and she also happened to be the conductor for this year’s High School All-State Band back in November. Congratulations to these seven GMS All-State musicians!
LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY?
If your student needs to leave school during the day for an appointment, please be sure to call ahead so the office can issue him/her a pass first thing in the morning. Issuing passes ahead of time helps to eliminate calls into classrooms to retrieve students at the last minute. Thank you for your help.
Before and after school no one will be allowed to pick up or drop off students in the fire lane.
Gretna Middle School students riding the bus will be dropped off at the front door of the building in the morning. After school, middle school students riding the bus will exit in two locations. Some will go out the east doors and load the bus on the west side of Gretna Elementary, and others will load in front of GMS.
Parents waiting to pick up students must pull into the parking lot on the west side of the Gretna Middle School building. Parking in the lot will make the area safer for students. Parents should not park in or block the fire lane.
CONTROLLED ACCESS ENTRY
All visitors will have to be buzzed in during school hours. Building doors will be locked each day at 8:10 a.m. To enter any of the buildings, visitors will have to identify themselves at a video intercom system and a secretary or other designated staff member will have to grant them access. Once inside, all visitors will still have to check in/out with the front office and wear a visitor badge while in the building.
If any of your family information changes during the school year, please log in to your Parent-Student Records and update your child's Student Verification page. If you have questions, please call the office.