Superintendent’s Corner

December 9, 2021

Dear GCSD Families and Community Members:

On Readers Digest online (rd.com), I recently ran across some vintage letters to Santa written by Texas farm kids about 100 years ago. The first one below reminded me of my dad’s story about how he and his two siblings were over-the-moon when they unwrapped an orange for Christmas. My kids never were quite as excited about the oranges in their stockings.

Dear Santa:
As Christmas is near at hand we thought we would write and let you know the things which we would like most as presents. W. D. wants a school dinner bucket, a big rubber ball; Nellie Fay wants a doll, sand bucket and ball; Gladys wants a doll and we also want some nuts, apples and oranges.
Your little friends,
W. D., Nellie Fay, and Gladys Bradley (1920)

And I share the letter below because it might make you, too, contemplate priorities as we enter the holiday season together.

Dear Santa:
Will you please bring me a scooter-scoot, a horn, a football, a blackboard and a box of handkerchiefs for Christmas, and if you have anything else for me, send it to some other little boy who has no parents.
Your loving friend,
A. M. Finlay, Jr. (1923)

If only we all had the heart of A.M. Finlay, Jr.

Now … on to school district business, please know that the GCSD Board of Education wants to hear from as many stakeholders as possible regarding district operations and initiatives. The Board’s four working committees (Budget Review Committee, Board Policy Committee, Handbook Committee, and Curriculum Committee) each include parent representatives, staff representatives, an administrative representative, a Board representative, and student representatives (when applicable). Please look for emails from the district soliciting volunteers for these committees which provide recommendations to the Board and consider serving on one.

Additionally, to provide all district stakeholders a way to communicate directly and regularly with the GCSD School Board, the Board provides an email link located on the Board webpage located at https://www.galenaalaska.org/school-board/. To communicate directly with the Board, please click on the link located directly underneath “Contact the GCSD School Board.”

All information regarding the GCSD School Board’s work can be found at https://www.galenaalaska.org/school-board/. This webpage provides information about our current Board members and Board meeting packets, which include Board meeting minutes. The GCSD Board wants to ensure that all stakeholders can easily access information pertinent to our students’ educational programs.

Furthermore, school administrators live into the Board’s Strategic Plan by providing regular communications about Board decisions, district programs, and student learning. The letters are emailed to all of our parent/guardian email addresses, mailed home to our parents/guardians, and posted on our school and district websites.

I will close with another Readers Digest gem:

  • Question: How do Christmas angels greet each other?
  • Answer: “Halo”

May the holiday season be peaceful and safe for you and yours!

Yours in Education,

Jim Merriner, GCSD Superintendent
Email: jim.merriner@galenanet.com