Superintendent’s Corner

March 15, 2022

Dear GCSD Families and Community Members:

On this 15th day of March 1917, Nicholas II, the last of the Russian Tsars, was forced to abdicate by Russian revolutionaries. The Russian Revolution ultimately ended with the Communist Party in power. The 20th century saw the rise and fall of the Russian-controlled communist Soviet Union. As a former history teacher mindful of Russia’s expansionistic past, Russia’s current military attack on Ukraine is concerning.

Not to make light of the egregious war in Ukraine, but … speaking of battles, I am pleased to report that annual academic competitions that Galena City School District students participate in were held. During February, GCSD students competed in the Battle of the Books statewide competition and placed as follows:

  • High School team took 1st place out of 18 statewide teams
  • Middle School team took 1st place out of 23 statewide teams
  • 5th/6th grade team took 5th place out of 33 statewide teams
  • 3rd/4th grade team took 1st place out of 32 statewide teams

Additionally, during late February, GCSD students competed in the statewide Academic Decathlon competitions. Our Academic Decathlon teams performed extremely well. For large Division I schools, IDEA’s Team took 2th place overall. Our IDEA competitors earned seven gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 12 bronze medals.

While proud of our students’ accomplishments in the Academic Decathlon and Battle of the Book competitions, Team Galena also celebrates each GCSD student’s individual growth and academic achievement thus far this 2021-2022 school year. I am thankful to all of GCSD’s stakeholders for continuing to focus on our students’ academic growth and social/emotional health during this past year of the continued pandemic.

March is also a busy month for IDEA and GILA as each program prepares for our spring and summer advertising and enrollment campaigns. Recognized statewide as an innovative district, GCSD continues improving enrollment and advertising campaigns targeting social media platforms, especially Google and Facebook. We provide prospective families focused content regarding GCSD’s educational opportunities to help them choose the most appropriate GCSD program to meet their student’s needs.

In closing, GCSD delights to serve all of our new and returning families and students. Please contact me at the phone number above or the email address below if you would like to discuss any aspect of this letter in greater detail, or if you would like more information on any district initiative.

Yours in Education,

Superintendent Signature

Jim Merriner, GCSD Superintendent