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Andrew Withers: Increasing district services

Andrew Withers

The start of the school year is full of so much energy and excitement and it is hard to believe that we are already entering our sixth week of school. We’ve had great engagement events with our students and families and it was great to see such great connections at our family Back To School Night events. September is an exciting time for the Grass Valley School District as we work to expand and offer new levels of service and support for our students and learning community.

As part of our district work with Expanded Learning Services, we will be offering new programs and opportunities this year. The Grass Valley School District is pleased to be able to participate in the state’s new Expanded Learning Opportunities Program. This work is allowing us to enrich and extend district services beyond the school day. The program asks us to offer a 9-hour-day of school and services for students and families. We have ramped up hiring and are working to welcome more families and students this year than ever before.

Students enjoy Grass Valley School District's extended school day programming.
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We also launched a new partnership with an organization called assistprograms.org. Assist Programs is a structured Sports Recreation Development Program that offers recess enhancement, fitness and nutrition, and after school enrichment programs to our students of GVSD. This week, students at Lyman Gilmore will start participating in an after school Intramural Flag Football Club. We look forward to extending this to additional enrichment activities as well as direct support and tutoring for students.

The Grass Valley School District is pleased to be able to participate in the state’snew Expanded Learning Opportunities Program.
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We are also extending some of our safety and prevention services this year. Starting on Monday, October 3 our district will have the privilege of working directly with Grass Valley Police Department Officer Sara Perry as our new School Resource Officer (SRO). Officer Perry comes to us with long term experience as a police officer, parent, and active member of our Grass Valley and Nevada County Community. She will be servicing and supporting all four of our GVSD Schools and her main office and work space will be located at Lyman Gilmore. We look forward to having Officer Perry on our campuses very soon. We know that her work with us will strengthen our safety, prevention, education and engagement practices.

Starting Oct. 3, GVSD will have the privilege of working directly with Grass Valley Police Department Officer Sara Perry as our new School Resource Officer.
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We are also excited to announce that we have additional spaces available in our district preschool program at Our Kids Place and Grass Valley Little Learners, both programs have 5 Star quality ratings and families with a child who will be 3 years old by December 1 may apply. We are also accepting applications from families with younger children as long as they have turned 3 years of age. Families may apply once the child turns 3 years old, providing there is space available. Our preschool philosophy and program goals are to provide a developmental program, drawing upon children’s natural curiosity and based on their changing interests and needs. Our Centers include a multi-sensory environment providing exploration, discovery, and movement. Increasing children’s positive self-esteem, providing the children with methods to encourage problem-solving and improving their social skills are key elements of our program. If you have questions, please call Jennifer Hall at (530) 575-6948.

We are so very proud to be of service and commitment to our community. Please contact us anytime if you or your family have any questions at kboswell@gvsd.us or (530) 273-4483.

Andrew Withers is superintendent of the Grass Valley School District

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