September 21, 2020
Dear GCSD Families and Community Members:
Labor Day jumps to mind when I think of September. First celebrated in New York City in September 1882 with a parade honoring union membership, many folks today associate Labor Day with the perceived end of summer. Fun fact … towards the end of the 19th century, fashion-conscious Americans on Labor Day stored their summertime white clothing in order to avoid the fashion faux pas of wearing white after Labor Day. As a former history teacher, such traditions fascinate me. Growing up in Alaska such polite-society fashion trends stayed off my radar almost entirely. Without the help of my discerning wife, I’d probably still be happily choosing the color-clashing outfits of my college years.
Enjoying options … having choice … GCSD works hard to live into its Vision Statement, which is “To provide the highest quality educational options for families, ensuring our graduates are well-educated individuals able to maneuver effectively in a dynamic world.” Every day we strive to improve the services provided to our IDEA homeschool students/families, our GILA residential school students/families, and our SHS local students/families.
Thank you for choosing to trust GCSD as a partner in the education of your child(ren). The district is extremely proud of the educational services provided to families statewide, and we could not do it without your input and guidance. Please feel comfortable contacting me at the phone number above or the email address below if you would like information on any GCSD initiative.
Yours in Education,
Jim Merriner, GCSD Superintendent