CANCELLED EVENTS & GRANT DEADLINE UPDATE
May 1, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to care for the well-being of our volunteers, students, staff, and community, the GLCS Foundation announces the following:
Scholarships: The Scholarship Reception for high school scholarships has been cancelled. Scholarship recipients will be contacted mid-May via email about awarded scholarships and celebrated via social media.
Ryan Scholarship: The deadline to apply for the James R. Ryan Family Foundation Middle School Scholarship has been extended to June 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm. Interviews for finalists will be arranged when safety restrictions allow. Click here for more details.
Distinguished Academic Scholars: The Distinguished Academic Scholars (DAS) celebration will not be held this spring. A list of scholars and their selected, honored educators will be available on the Foundation’s website in May and celebrated on social media. Commemorative booklets will be mailed to each scholar by mid-June.
Grants: The final grant cycle of the 2019-2020 school year has been cancelled. The 2020-2021 grant cycles will continue as scheduled. The deadline dates can be found on the Grants Page; click on Grant Procedures. The first deadline is September 1, 2020. Applications can be submitted any time after August 1, 2020. Click here for the single-year grant application.
Donations: We are still working to expand and enhance education, and your support helps us continue to do this important work. If you wish to make a donation, please click here or on the Network for Good icon on our website. Or, mail your check made out to GLCS Foundation to 10500 East D Ave, Richland, MI 49083.
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WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!
GLCS FOUNDATION SPARK SERIES
The Spark Series is one of the many ways the Foundation has been able to successfully reach out and touch the lives of our students, teachers, and community members. It is an initiative that is designed to identify influential speakers, dynamic programs, and inspirational stories, and share them within our community. The goal of the Spark Series is to inspire students, enhance the classroom experience, and broaden the perspective of our community.
Some of the wonderful events that have been facilitated by the Spark Series include the Science and Engineering Festival featuring the Mind Trekkers Roadshow, the Wall that Heals which included a traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial, and the presentation of “Our Water, Our World” by marine explorer, filmmaker, and environmental advocate Jean-Michel Cousteau. In addition, the Sparks Series has also featured artists, actors, storytellers, and authors such as John Grogan (Marley and Me) and Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea).
This year the Spark Series is implementing a community wide well-being program that will focus on nutrition, emotional health, and physical activity. The program will kick off in January with the world's only rock and roll show about nutrition, Jump with Jill; and continue throughout the school year with many programs, speakers, and events designed to educate, inspire, and enrich our community. Look for the upcoming #GLWELL program and help the GLCS Foundation create a Spark!
John McCann, Spark Series Chairperson, Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation Trustee
GLCS FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation offers a heartfelt thanks to all the generous members of our community who support our scholarship program.
In the last 10 years, we have awarded over $950,000 in scholarships for over 370 scholarships to Gull Lake High School, Gull Lake Middle School, and Gull Lake Gateway Academy students!
Each individual scholarship represents the vision and generosity of an individual, family, organization, or business. Some of the scholarships are memorials to a member of our community, some honor a respected teacher, some encourage a field of study, and some represent a commitment to volunteering.
Students attend trade schools, community colleges, and universities with the support of the Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation scholarships.
Descriptions of our scholarships are posted on our scholarship page.
Mari Draeger, Scholarship Chairperson, Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation Trustee
The Leader in Me initiative at Ryan Intermediate builds leadership and confidence in every student. Students learn that they are capable of great things, and they are given a platform to share their ideas, passions, and dreams. Students learn about the 7 Habits and how implementing those habits allow them to be successful with their relationships, school work, outside activities, and so much more.
Within Ryan, this initiative has provided staff with a common language when working with students. It has helped staff set personal and professional goals, and to maintain high levels of expectations. We believe that each student is a leader, and when we give them the opportunity to lead, they amaze us. We have witnessed students growing in their belief of themselves, and have seen students step out of their comfort zone to lead those around them.
Annually our school spends around $12,000 to continue teaching and learning the 7 Habits. This money goes toward training new staff, continuing the training of existing staff, purchasing materials for our student learning, and improving our building aesthetically. Our goal is to ensure that the students who walk through our doors know that they are supported and loved. We want our building to be inviting to students, parents, and all members of the community. The Leader in Me Initiative has brought about a lot of change to Ryan Intermediate - change that brings students to the forefront.
Tia Schumaker, Fourth Grade Teacher, Thomas M Ryan Intermediate
Project Lead The Way programs at Gull Lake Middle School provide students the opportunity to build in-demand skills while completing real-world challenges in an engaging, hands-on learning environment. PLTW pathways include Computer Science, Engineering, and Biomedical Science. Current available classes at GLMS are Design & Modeling (Engineering), Automation & Robotics (Engineering), Intro to Computer Science (CS), and Medical Detectives (Biomedical).
Grants from the GLSC Foundation are essential in facilitating programs that require many tech tools and consumable items. Students in Design & Modeling create physical projects that include therapeutic toys for patients with Cerebral Palsy, scale model furniture for the school, and 3D printed puzzles. Robotics students use VEX systems to navigate mazes and race each other. Funding introduces new and innovative tools and supplies programs with essential materials.
Matt B Hawkins, STEM/PLTW Teacher, Gull Lake Middle School
Above is an example of a Project Lead The Way challenge: recreate a setting from a favorite story into a
Gull Lake Area Robotics offers an opportunity for STEM learning and teamwork to any student in Gull Lake Community Schools. FIRST Robotics is a team sport based on robotics, programing, and real world problem solving. Teams compete as they learn how to work together and communicate effectively to solve real world problems. The FIRST Robotics Program brings a strong connection to the Core Values of Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, and Teamwork. The motto of the program is that this is the only sport where EVERYONE can go pro!
The Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation has played a pivotal role as we have grown as a program. Over the past 3 years, we grew from 3 Middle School and 1 High School team, to now serving any student Young 5s through High School with a total of 21 teams. With this support, Gull Lake Area Robotics directly impacts over 150 students every year. We are also proud to be hosting our first-ever qualifying event containing FLL Jr, FLL, and FTC teams, one of only 3 events in the state to offer a competition displaying all these levels of FIRST under one roof. At this competition, 92 area teams will converge at our own Gull Lake High School to compete for a chance to move to the State Championship.
Patrick English, Third Grade Teacher, Thomas M Ryan Intermediate
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