• August - September 2018
       Garfield Palouse High School and Palouse Elementary News

    I would like to welocme all of our students and parents back to Palouse Schools, I look forward to an exciting year and look forward to working with all of you this year.  I will be in my office consistently through August, please stop by and visit if you get a chance.

    Registration this year is the 13th and 14th of August, Mrs. Mylett will be here the 13th and Mrs. Anderson will be both days to help with scheduling and registration.  Football, Volleyball and Cross Country all start soon after, please be sure to review materials and have all of your paperwork completed before participating and/or the beginning of school.

    I would like to welcome new staff to Palouse, Jason Bustamante will be our new math teacher, Sequoia Ladd is working in the Preschool, and Giovanna Vasile is a new Para Educator in our district.  Tasha Gehring is moving into 5th grade and will also help with elementary PE duties.  I encourage you to stop in and visit all of these folks when you get a chance, I'm excited they are joining us this year and look forward to working with all of them.

    In addition to what is happening in the school and some staff changes, the Fair is right around the corner and Mrs. Colle is working with students and helping them prepare animals for the Palouse Empire Fair.  If you have questions please contact Mrs. Colle.  Our students are always well represented at the fair and I am excited to see how they do this year.  Good luck to all our entries this year.

    One of our goals has been to promote student activity and real world opportunity, for students / by students.  Last year AV started to do school pictures in addition to GPAC and School Activities, we are again planning on this and thrilled at the success they had last year and your support.  Mr. Gehring and AV Club were able to provide a 500 dollar scholarship at the end of the year to one of our seniors because of this support, as well as buy materials necessary to expand opportunity in the classroom. 

    With this same thought in mind, students are working closely with partners from SEL in Robotics, Local Ag leaders in FFA while classes in Physical Educaton have expanded to adult programs like SAIL and Adult Yoga utilizing the weight room.  Mr. Zook and our music program continue to impress at UofI and around the region, while we still enjoy working with the Library, Arts Council and Young Life.  Our students have a wide variety of opportunity if the choose to access it.  Thank you to all our partners, staff and parents who are so entigral to the success of these programs.

    One of the goals of our ASB last year was to incorporate more Character Education, utilizing speakers and including student's in assemblies.  James Layman of AWSP Leadership along with David Pride, motivational speaker, met with students focusing on leadership and the Electronic world; how Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and other mediums have changed the world around us. This year we look to continue this and look for ways to celebrate character and student achievement.  

    Our kids continue to do great things and we are excited at the opportunities we are able to afford them.  We have some fantastic youth with extreme talents.  Additionally, we have a staff that is more than willing to work with students and help guide them where they want to go.  Thank you for all of your continued support and please come visit, GO VIKINGS!

    Mike Jones
    Palouse Principal