Grand County School District facilities gear up for start of 2012-2013 school year
by Jeff Richards
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Grand County High School student Kris Kemp (seated) helps Sarah Stalpes and Anthony Shepardson with registration on Aug. 7. GCHS students received their schedules in the commons during the school’s initial registration day. Any students who missed registration are encouraged to come in to the school during regular hours and register before the first day of school – Thursday, Aug. 23. Photo by Jeff Richards
Grand County High School student Kris Kemp (seated) helps Sarah Stalpes and Anthony Shepardson with registration on Aug. 7. GCHS students received their schedules in the commons during the school’s initial registration day. Any students who missed registration are encouraged to come in to the school during regular hours and register before the first day of school – Thursday, Aug. 23. Photo by Jeff Richards
As summer winds down, Grand County students are preparing to return to school for the 2012-2013 school year. The three schools in the Grand County School District – the high school, middle school and elementary school, have scheduled registration and orientation sessions for students and their parents during the upcoming weeks.

Classes for all students except kindergartners are scheduled to begin Thursday, Aug. 23.

Grand County High School

608 South 400 East


At Grand County High School, principal Stephen Hren, now in his sixth year as principal, will once again be joined by associate principal Lance LeVar, now in his fourth year in that position.

One new feature that GCHS students will likely notice right away is the addition of new red and white colors in various areas (mainly doors and trim) throughout the school commons and gym. A group of students painted the areas during the summer break as part of a project to promote school pride by adding the school colors to more parts of the building.

There are several new faces on the school staff this year, including a new band and choir director, two new math teachers, a math teaching assistant, and two new custodians, LeVar said.

In addition, new computers have been installed in all the labs throughout the high school building and the adjacent Technical Science and Art Center, which houses the career and technical education programs.

Registration for high school students (grades nine through 12) took place earlier this week, on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Those who missed registration may come in to the school during regular work hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays) and register any time before the first day of school (Thursday, Aug. 23) to get their schedules, pay fees, and select their lockers.

Parents and guardians should also make sure they have received instructions on how to use the SIS grade and attendance monitoring system to check student progress and receive regular updates via e-mail, LeVar said.

Incoming ninth-graders and their parents or guardians are also invited to attend a freshman orientation session at the school on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

The high school’s daily schedule begins at 7:50 a.m. and ends at 2:35 p.m., with each of the five class hours being 70 minutes long on regular school days. Mondays are early-out dismissal days, with school letting out 50 minutes earlier, at 1:45 p.m.

The school’s fall sports teams are already gearing up for action. The Red Devil football, volleyball, girls tennis, girls soccer, boys golf, and cross-country teams will all begin playing soon. Wallet-sized copies of the athletic and activity schedule have been printed up by student government officers and are being handed out at registration.

For additional information, contact the school office.

Grand County Middle School

429 South 100 East


Incoming seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents or guardians are encouraged to attend Grand County Middle School’s orientation sessions on Thursday, Aug. 16, according to principal Melinda Snow.

On Aug. 16, incoming seventh-graders will attend orientation between 9 a.m. and noon. Each session is one hour, with the time slots based on the first letter of the student’s last name (A-H from 9 to 10 a.m., I-N from 10 to 11 a.m., and O-Z from 11 a.m. to noon). Eighth-grade orientation is from 1 to 4 p.m. the same afternoon, with similar time slots (A-H from 1 to 2 p.m., I-N from 2 to 3 p.m., and O-Z from 3 to 4 p.m.).

At each orientation session, students will receive their schedules, locker assignments, a list of required supplies, and other important information. Some supplies will be available for purchase at the school store, said school secretary Ginger Torres.

School fees are as follows: $20 basic activity fee, $20 gym fee for physical education uniforms and equipment (the fee includes a grey Thunderbird T-shirt and red shorts), $5 for student planners, and an additional $5 fee for seventh-graders for TLC class. In addition, there are a few other classes that may require additional fees, including art and band.

The GCMS Thunderbirds football and volleyball teams, both of which are operated as Moab City Recreation programs, have already begun practicing and will begin playing soon.

All middle school students and their parents are also invited to attend Back to School Night on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

Incoming seventh-grade students are required to have their immunizations up-to-date before they can begin attending school. For more information, contact the school office.

Helen M. Knight

Elementary School

505 N. MiVida Drive

K-3 office: 435-719-4827

4-6 office: 435-719-4830

Helen M. Knight Elementary School, now starting its third school year since opening in 2010, will be registering new students in grades one through six during the week of Aug. 13-17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Kindergarten registration started in June and is still ongoing, school officials said.

“We want everyone to come in and register their students before school starts,” said Sherrie Zufelt, the office secretary for grades four through sixth.

Returning as principals at HMK are Sherrie Buckingham (grades kindergarten through three) and Taryn Kay (grades four through six).

While students in grades one through six will start school on Aug. 23, kindergartners won’t actually start school until the following week, according to K-3 office secretary Sandy Foy. She said that kindergarten assessments will take place Aug. 23-24. The following week, kindergartners whose surnames start with the letters A-M will attend school on Wednesday, Aug. 29, while their counterparts (letters N-Z) will report for their first day on Thursday, Aug. 30.

“Friday, Aug. 31 will be the first day for all kindergarten students to attend together,” Foy added.

According to school policy, children enrolling in kindergarten must be at least 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2012. First-time students are required to show a certified copy of their birth certificate or other reliable indicator of the student’s identity and age.

Incoming students must also meet the district’s immunization requirements and also bring a copy of an eye screening test.

For more information regarding school immunization requirements, contact the school office, the school district office at 435-259-5317, or the local health department at 435-259-5602.

School starts at 8:15 a.m. every weekday. On early-dismissal Mondays, all students are released at 12:45 p.m. On the other four days of the week, students in grades two through six are dismissed at 3:15 p.m., while kindergartners and first-graders leave school one hour earlier, at 2:15 p.m.

Students will be given an orientation packet on the first day of school that will include a calendar, school policies, and many other helpful resources.

The school’s Back to School Night events are scheduled as follows: Aug. 21 from 5 to 6 p.m. for kindergartners; Sept. 12 from 6 to 7 p.m. for students in grades four through six; and Sept. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. for students in grades one through three.

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