GVCS Parent Information
Read past editions of The Howl, our weekly school wide newsletter: The Howl GVCS has a hanbook for our core program. Click here to view it: Core Handbook Enrollment: Click here for the complete details of the enrollment process at GVCS. Charter Document: Since opening our doors in 1993 our enrollment has steadily increased to over 500 students even as many other local schools have seen student population declines. We attribute this to our exceptional staff, committed parents and the educational philosophy behind Expeditionary Learning. Review the complete GVCS Charter Document Strategic Plan: The Grass Valley Charter School Strategic Plan is a three year plan that provides a framework for education at our school from 2007 through 2010. There are six Performance Areas: Academics & Expeditionary Learning Curriculum; Recruitment, Staffing and Human Resources; Campus and Infrastructure; Community; School Culture; Organizational Success and Financial Security. Expedition Donations are the monies we collect each year from each family to offset the costs of fieldwork and other expedition related expenses. These donations may be made online either in one payment or in ten monthly installments, beginning in August. Payments may also be made in cash to Cissy in the main office, or by using your debit or credit card with Cissy. Click here to make your donation online. Fieldwork Driving Forms may be downloaded here and printed out and returned to the school in order to be cleared to drive on fieldwork. A copy of the DECLARATIONS PAGE of your vehicle insurance (not the evidence of insurance card) must be attached to this form and you must have at least $100,000/$300,000 in liability to qualify as a driver, although $300,000/$500,000 is recommended. Please see the instruction form for more infomation.
Parent Involvement: Our service work, academic success and adventures outside the classroom are all dependent on parent involvement. Our parents help us in the classroom, provide community expertise, act as chaperones during fieldwork, and help us in a myriad of ways. Parents of GVCS students are asked to join our learning community, and they love it!
Parent Leadership Group: In order to foster and coordinate parent involvement, a Parent Leadership Group will meet regularly. This group will support teachers and GVCS by compiling parent survey results, forming subcommittees of parent volunteers, and by being the “place to go” for any parent wanting to volunteer at GVCS. Their activities will be directed by the school administrator and overseen by the Charter Council. GVSD Parent Teacher Club (PTC) is a group of parents, teachers and principals from Hennessy, Scotten, Lyman Gilmore and GV Charter School, who serve the students of the Grass Valley School District. More information Hot Lunch Program: Our school's hot lunch program is run and adminstered by Central Kitchen, which services the schools in our area. All monies go directly to them and billing comes from them. Mealtime: Central Kitchen offers Mealtime, an online way to manage your child's school hot lunch purchases. Please click here for more information or to sign up: Mealtime Monthly menus are available here: Central Kitchen hot lunch menu
School Closures: In the event of heavy snow, dangerous driving conditions, power outages, or any other event when school may be canceled, please tune into the local radio station, KNCO (830 AM) or STAR (94 FM). Please DO NOT call the school office!
Academic Reports: Click here for the latest state testing results for GVCS:
CHILD SAFETY on the Internet:
- Promoting Internet Safety - Information parents should have about the Internet with tips for safe Internet browsing. Created by Lori Thompson at Ready Spring School.
- KDCOP guidelines - KDCOP, has been training parents, teachers, law enforcement and other community organizations nationwide about online dangers since 1999.