Principal’s Corner

We promise to …

• Help our students increase their math performance 4% annually and their reading performance 3% annually,
• Treat all students with compassion, dignity, and respect so that at least 80% will continue schooling with GCSD, and
• Personalize instruction for each student based on assessment data.

November 20, 2019

To Our Wonderful GILA Parents and Guardians,

I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but we’ve had 6” of snow in the last day or so. While it has currently warmed up to -9, we have had a couple of days where the temperature has hovered around -30. Some students are used to hearing, “go take those slides off and put on some shoes.” J Nothing is more important to us than the safety of your student.

We all know, too well, the emotional horror that occurs when anyone takes their own life. Our kids are more precious to us than they know. We have had, and will continue to have, assemblies and educational opportunities to help our students better understand suicide awareness and prevention. Difficult emotions are triggered for many of our students when discussing these topics. During our last assembly, we were joined by counselors and therapists from our school and from our Behavioral Health Clinic. Knowing that a discussion of these topics could trigger emotional trauma for certain students, we made sure these professionals were present. These professionals then joined our residence life staff as they spoke to our students after the assembly, and in small groups, about these issues.  We will continue to work with our students to help prepare them to take care of themselves and the people around them.

It is also our goal to help students increase their understanding of sexual harassment, unwanted touch, and sexual assault. To date, we have partnered with The Galena City Police Department for an assembly on these topics. This assembly was specifically geared for our male students. During this assembly, these terms were defined and strategies were identified that the boys could use to keep themselves, their female peers, and their family members safe. Much time was spent in helping our boys understand all of the behaviors associated with the term, “Consent”, as it applies to sexual activity. We will continue to work with all students to help better prepare them to keep themselves, their friends, and their loved ones as safe as possible.

The education your student receives at GILA extends beyond the classroom. We will continue to help our students gain the life skills they need to protect themselves, their peers, and those they love.   Nothing could be more important.


John Riddle
Principal of Boarding School Operations
907-656-2053 ext 108
656-7193 (cell)