Dear Parents and Guardians,
Gardiner School staff met on Monday, March 23 to determine how distance learning would be implemented at the 7th - 12th grade level beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020. While this is a work in progress and everyone is extending themselves in new areas, we are confident that Gardiner School students will have the opportunity to continue their education for the remainder of the school year. It is our goal to provide instruction digitally in order for each student to be proficient in the courses they are currently enrolled in. In order to receive funding from the state of Montana each teacher will need to determine the proficiency of our students to provide credit for the course they are currently enrolled in. Each teacher will provide more detailed information about how proficiency will be determined in each course.
In order to begin the digital learning process each teacher will be contacting you separately via email and phone to determine if there are any technology or internet connectivity needs. In order to facilitate this process, please update your contact information in Infinite Campus. You will also be invited to your student’s Google Classroom for each core course your student is currently enrolled in. Keeping your contact information up to date will help us help your child to obtain proficiency while we are utilizing distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 7-12 teachers plan to begin distance learning via Google Classroom on Monday, March 30 2020. What you can expect as parents is to receive an email outlining the upcoming week’s objectives, lesson overview, and assignments. The purpose of this email is to provide you with information that can be used to talk to your students about their progress weekly. Infinite Campus will also be utilized on Mondays to send missing assignment notices. Please communicate with teachers individually if extra time is needed to complete work. During the first couple days of the week teachers will be establishing specific guidelines for online etiquette, course expectations, and frequency of contact with the teacher.
At the 7-12 level, teachers will provide one video conference per week using Google Meet that students will be able to call in or join using a web camera. Each course will follow a schedule that was organized by the teachers to prevent conflicts and this will be shared with students later this week. In addition to video conferences, teachers will also be available for a two hour window daily for one-on-one conversations with students to answer questions or provide additional instruction. Teachers will be available via email during the day to answer questions or provide additional instruction.
Teachers will be reporting grades weekly through Infinite Campus in order to provide evidence of proficiency. Students who do not complete work in a timely manner will receive an email and phone call from the teacher to determine if there are any technology challenges or questions that need to be answered in order to complete the work. Each Monday, parents and students will receive a notification through Infinite Campus if they have missing work. It is important that students make an effort to complete work in a timely manner to provide evidence of proficiency and receive credit for the course they are enrolled in.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your student’s teacher via email or contact Mike Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org
TO: Montanans; all officers and agencies of the State of Montana
FROM: Governor Steve Bullock
DATE: March 19, 2020
RE: Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 and providing additional direction related to school closures
Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 declare that a state of emergency exists in Montana due to the global outbreak of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. On March 15, 2020, I issued a Directive pursuant to these executive orders directing the closure of all non-residential public schools in Montana through March 27, 2020, and providing that all eligible schools will continue to receive all state payments. This Directive provides additional guidance related to school closures, planning by schools and school districts in the event of future closure, the provision of services to students during closure, and state funding for schools.
In accordance with the authority vested in me under the Constitution, Article VI, Sections 4 and 13, and the laws of the State of Montana, Title 10, Chapter 3 and Title 50, Chapter 1, MCA, and other applicable provisions of the Constitution and Montana Law, I hereby direct the following measures be in place in the State of Montana effective immediately:
• Requirements for pupil instruction time through March 27 are waived. Districts will continue to receive all state payments during this period as budgeted and appropriated by the Montana legislature.
• Districts are expected to use this two-week period to plan and implement ways to provide students with (1) quality public education through remote learning, (2) school meals, (3) services to students with disabilities, (4) other services customarily provided to students in school, in the event there are school closures beyond March 27.
* Districts are not required to provide pupil-instruction time during these two weeks
through remote learning, though, where possible, it is strongly encouraged.*
• In the event there are closures beyond March 27 pursuant to a gubernatorial directive, a district will not be required to reschedule in-person pupil-instruction time lost because of the closure if the board of trustees for the district approves the district’s plan/report that it has made up the lost pupil-instruction time through remote learning, provided for meals for students, provided for services to students with disabilities, and provided other services customarily provided to students in school.
*Districts will present an initial plan to the board of trustees for the district (school
board) for approval, followed by periodic reports on implementation for approval as
well, at intervals to be determined by the school board.*
*Waiver of required in-person pupil-instruction hours is subject to the final approval of
the Governor, in consultation with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, consistent
with § 10-3-104, MCA and other applicable provisions of law. Presumptively, the
Governor will approve waiver requests that are approved by school boards.
* Districts whose plans/reports are approved will continue to receive all state funding.
• If a district’s plan/report is not approved, then it will be required to reschedule the pupil-instruction time lost. State funding associated with additional necessary time will be financed through federal stimulus funds, if available, or through a supplemental appropriation in House Bill 3 during the 2021 legislative session.
• During the two-week period of closure through March 27, the education community will also survey districts to determine the status of planning efforts and as well as the extent to which schools are already providing remote learning, meals, services for students with disabilities, and other services customarily provided to students in school.
Authorities: Section 10-3-104, MCA; §§ 50-1-202, -203, and -204, MCA; 37 A.G. Op. 132 (1978);
Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020; Montana Constitution, Art. VI, Sections 4 and 13; §§ 10-3-103, -
302, and -305, MCA; and all other applicable provisions of state and federal law.
• This Directive is effective immediately and expires at the end of the declared state of
emergency in Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.
• This Directive shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the
availability of appropriations.
• This Directive is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the State of Montana, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
This is an important message from Gardiner Public Schools.
I just wanted to reach out and give a quick update on the situation pertaining to the school and Covid-19. First, the school board took action yesterday afternoon during an emergency board meeting, to declare and unforeseen emergency. This along with a couple other actions, put Gardiner Schools into position to use a variety of different methods to meet state standards to continue receiving full funding from the state in case the shutdown continues. Second, the Governor released a statement yesterday hinting toward a continued shutdown. There was no mention of a time frame. It appears a good metric to use is to watch what is happening on the east coast, we seem to be a week or so behind them in what is happening. Third, your staff and teachers are planning on Monday for the possibility of a longer shutdown. By Tuesday, I hope to be able to communicate to you our plan for instruction, meals, and other services.
For parents with students in High School taking an online course either through MTDA or BYU, the expectation is that they continue with the coursework for those classes. Please help remind them to stay caught up in those courses.
If you have any questions please feel free to call 848-7563, I would be happy to answer.
Please call 406-848-7563 if you have any questions.
Gardiner Public School
GARDINER PUBLIC SCHOOL
Park County School Districts 7 & 4
510 Stone Street Gardiner, Montana 59030
Phone 406-848-7563 or Fax 406-848-0606
Notice is hereby given that a Regular Board Meeting of the Gardiner School District, Board of Trustees, will be held on Wednesday, February 12th, 2020, which begins at 6:00 PM in the High School Library at 510 Stone Street, Gardiner, Montana 59030.
I. Call to Order / Roll Call / Pledge of Allegiance
II. Special Recognition
III. Public Comments on Non-Agenda Item
Individuals wishing to be heard by the Chair shall first be recognized by the Chair. Individuals, after identifying themselves, will proceed to make comments as briefly as the subject permits. The Chair may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement when appropriate, including when statements are out of order, too lengthy, personally directed, abusive, obscene, or irrelevant. The Board as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings. It is important for all participants to remember that Board meetings are held in public, but are not public meetings. Members of the public shall be recognized and allowed input during the meeting, at the discretion of the Chair. Members who wish to speak will need to sign a request to address the board at the meeting and the comment will be limited to 3 minutes.
IV. Mission Statement reading
Our mission is to be a community learning center where students will: Acquire basic life skills built on an academic foundation, Become contributing citizens, Cultivate a life- long desire to learn, and Develop individual talents and abilities.
V. Student Information
a. Student Council
VI. Consent Agenda-All items listed below within the consent agenda are considered to be routine by board members and will be enacted with one motion. There will be no separate discussion of items unless a board member so requests, in which event the item will be removed from the general order of business and considered in its normal sequence.
VII. Action Items- (Members of the public who wish to comment on action items will be limited to 3 minutes of comment once before the motion, and 1 minute of comment once after the motion, when prompted by the Chair).
VIII. Discussion / Information Items -No public comment during discussion items.
IX. Dean’s Report
X. Superintendent’s Report
Please remember that use of any tobacco product is prohibited on all Gardiner campuses.
The purpose of this message is to provide you with more detailed information about Gardiner School’s Friday School program. Our current Friday School program was approved by the school board three years ago and addresses the importance of academics, in addition to participation in extracurricular activities for student achievement. MHSA is the state level governing body of extracurricular activities in Montana and does provide an eligibility policy, which the Gardiner School policy exceeds in expectations. Friday School is the opportunity for students to have access to resources within the school building and a quiet, supportive teacher-supervised space. Any student may attend Friday School to work on assignments or to receive extra help and instruction.
Why do students have Friday School?
Students who are not able to complete their missing or incomplete assignments between Monday morning and Thursday afternoon, by the end of the school day, are required to attend Friday School from 8 am - 10 am in order to participate in extracurricular activities.
On Mondays students are provided a physical strip of paper with the missing or incomplete assignments listed for each of their teachers on their locker. They are also provided with instructions specific for that week’s requirements about dates and times on their locker. The Athletic Director and individual coaches are also provided with a list of students who are on the Friday School list. Occasionally, an event will occur during the week, for example PepBand for divisional volleyball was on a Thursday, and the students were notified and required to turn in their missing work by Wednesday afternoon to participate.
Due to technical and logistical difficulties, parents have not been notified that their students have had missing or incomplete assignments through the notification tool on Infinite Campus this school year. Beginning on Monday, December 2nd the notifications will be turned back on and will only send parents/guardians a messages once a week on Monday morning. If you receive one of these messages, please follow up with your student about their work completion and be prepared to bring them to Friday School at 8 am - 10 am if the work is not completed and the slip has not been signed and turned in to the front office by Thursday at 4 pm.
The parents of students who do not turn in their missing/incomplete assignment slip to the front office by Thursday at the end of the school day will receive a second email through Infinite Campus that their child is required to attend Friday School. If a student who is in extracurricular activities fails to attend Friday School they will be unable to participate in their event from that Friday until the morning of the following Friday. Parents will be notified through Infinite Campus on Friday morning that their student is ineligible for the week.
In the event that you receive multiple notices on a single assignment from week to week please contact that teacher directly for more information relating to the progress of the assignment.
Volleyball Districts: 10-31/11-01
The volleyball girls were early ranked #1 in our district after beating Manhattan Christian! Please come support our ladies at the Manhattan Christian Memorial Events Center Churchill, Mt. The ladies will be playing on Thursday at 5 p.m. against the winner of the match between White Sulphur and Shields Valley. The next game, if the ladies win, will be on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against the winner of the match between Manhattan Christian and the winner of the match between Lone Peak and West Yellowstone. If our ladies win again then we will play again on Friday at 6 p.m. for 1st place or if our ladies loose then we will play on Friday at 4:30 for 3rd place.
Thursday, Oct 31, 2019:
Volleyball Team Leaves @ 1:30 p.m. Pep Band Leaves @ 2p.m.
Friday, Nov 1, 2019:
Volleyball Team Leaves @ 1:30 p.m. Pep Band Leaves @ TBD
Come Support Our Ladies and Bring Your Bruin Pride!
Speech and Drama 1st Meet Saturday, 11-2-19 @ Shepherd, Leaving @ 4:45 a.m.
Picture Retakes with Bruce Pitcher on Wednesday, November 30 @9:30 a.m.
There are many different things going on during study hall including:
If you are interested in doing High School band or choir please get in contact with Doug Burgess.
The morning ball has been moved to the Gardiner School gym due to construction in the Mammoth Rec Center.