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  • Online Learning

    Posted by NICOLE THOMPSON on 3/23/2020

    Good afternoon everyone,

    As we fully transition into online learning, I have some important iPad troubleshooting tips to share with you. Most of it applies all year long, not just during this school closure. 
    If you have new students ask you about iPads, please tell them the first step is completing the Hold Harmless form online. This is available at under "Payments and Purchases." There is no paper copy.  Once completed, they should notify Sharon May ( and Teresa George ( to have the insurance processed and iPad set up. Sharon will be in the library Wednesdays 9-12.
    For apps specific to your class, you are the front line of troubleshooting. Even on campus, Sharon and I typically are not able to help beyond checking the iPad basics (listed below). If a problem persists or is coming up for multiple students, try the technology helpdesk x6767. 
    General troubleshooting - 
    • Is the iOS updated? (Settings > General > Software Update)
    • Try a hard reset (flyer attached)
    • Reset network settings (Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings)
    • You can try deleting and reinstalling an app but be aware, sometimes they won't reinstall! (Those are the instances our technician Dave steps in to help)
    When the Skyward mobile app stops working, it typically means the student needs to create a new password. This cannot be done in the Skyward app. They must access Skyward through MyBethel to reset their password (or go to and select "Family Access"). On campus we help them do this on our desktop computers but it should also work on their iPads by going to MyBethel first. If they do not know their original password, they can follow the link "Forgot your login/password?" If that fails, the next step would be contacting the counseling center to check and/or provide a temporary password.
    If students complain to you their iPad isn't charging:
    • Remind them to charge with their iPad block and not a phone charger, which often won't work as fast
    • Encourage them to actually power off the iPad while charging (hold the top right button until the "slide to power off" option)
    • Do be aware, with our most recent iOS updates, some iPads appear to not charge. This can typically resolved by doing a hard reset of the iPad (flyer attached, courtesy of Mary Macinnes at LMS). If they have tried this and the iPad still won't charge, suggest they test a different outlet first.
    If these tips don't resolve the issue, or there is visible damage to their cord/brick (dog chewed it, brick burned out, etc) we can replace them at no charge to the student. (Students are fined for lost chargers, though.) If a student needs a replacement charger for any reason, they should contact or to request a replacement
    Please contact and (You or the student may reach out to us.) We need the student's name, ID number, iPad barcode number, and a way to contact.
    If a student cracks their iPad screen, a replacement must be issued. Please have the student email and, including the student's name, ID an iPad barcode number.
    Be aware - strange lines through the screen can also be the sign of a broken iPad when the screen is fractured below the surface.
    Finally, I ask that you be patient as Sharon and I are trying to negotiate remote work just like teachers. We may not be able to respond to iPad issues as quickly as we do when the school is open, but we do understand the importance of technology access and will do our best.

    Veronica Soler
    Graham-Kapowsin High School
    (253) 800-6195
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  • Senior Graduation Orders

    Posted by KAREN TOUT on 11/14/2019



    Seniors, parent and/or guardians:  Thoughts of spring are in the air and right after that it will be time for graduation.  It’s not too late to still acquire the items you would like to celebrate this momentous occasion.  Your school delivery day is coming up, if you would like to receive your cap and gown unit on the initial order day, please place your order no later than one (1)  week prior to the delivery day.  Orders placed after that initial order day and before May 10, 2020 will then be delivered to your school the week of May 16, 2020.

    Please visit to place your order and find out your school’s initial delivery day.  While you are there don’t miss the opportunity to check out this year’s hot ticket, the class band.  If you order prior to April 10, 2020, you will have in time for graduation.






    "Celebrating Moments That Matter"


    Eliot M. Brimage

    Operations Manager and

    Sales Associate for Rick Morton

    PO Box 731149

    Puyallup, WA 98373

    (253) 210-0575

    (866) 381-9032 – Fax


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  • Daily Announcements

    Posted by GKHS on 10/24/2019

    Monday, March 9, 2020

    Choir: Congratulations to all GKHS choir members who performed in Saturday’s regional Solo/Ensemble Contest! The GKHS Chorale Mixed Quartet won their category and will be heading to the State contest. Rhapsody, Chamber Women’s Ensemble, Georjah Carter (Soprano), and Ryan Hilliker (Tenor) took 2nd place in their categories. Cassie Fehr (Soprano), Emily Casey (Soprano), Gavin Ripka (Baritone) and Blake Makepeace (Bass) took 3rd place. Kudos to all!

    HOSA: Thank you to all the talented students who were involved at HOSA state this past week. HOSA "future medical professionals" are on their way to nationals in HOUSTON TEXAS. Congratulations to: Isabelle Tague for placing first in Medical photography. She is on her way to nationals.

    DECA: DECA also had State this weekend. Congratulations to Jarrett Folk and Allison LARUE for taking 2nd place at state for the school based enterprise food marketing event.  Congratulations to Colby Kurle for taking 7th place in the startup business plan event

    Spirit Week: This week is a spirit week!  Monday is Tie Dye, Tuesday is pink out, Thursday is Camo day, Friday is sports gear/jerseys,

    Food Drive: GK's March Madness Canned Food Drive has started and runs through the month. Bring non-perishables and canned food items into your first period. Help your class make it to the finals and capture the trophy! Contact Mr. Knudson or Kaitlyn Skrei with any questions.

    Art Work: Come check out the art on display in the library! 3-D art, paintings, drawings, photography and jewelry - see what your friends and classmates submitted to the district's Art and Tech Fair.

    Library: The library will be closed for testing all day Tuesday, including study support and all lunch

    Spring Dance: SPRING FLING DANCE... Tickets are on sale today at the ASB office.  Cost is $7 with ASB card and $10 without ASB.  You must have all fines paid and grades will be checked when buying tickets.  The dance is this Friday from 7-10pm, be sure to get your tickets this week at school as they will not be sold at the door!

    Volunteer Opportunity:  Need volunteer hours? Kapowsin Elementary teachers need help!  Stop by the Career Center for the info.=

    Scholarship Opportunity: Seniors, if you played a varsity sport and plan to attend school this fall after graduation, you may be eligible for a $3,000 Ben B. Cheney Foundation scholarship. Visit their website at to apply. Must have participated in at least one varsity sport.  Applications must be received by March 15.

    Parking: Students MUST have a valid parking pass to park on the Graham-Kapowsin High School campus and may not park at Frontier, Nelson, or along 108th Street. Students found parking without permits on Bethel School District property will be ticketed and or booted for repeated violations. See Mrs. McDonald in the main office for parking permit applications.



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  • Yearbook Senior & Business Ads

    Posted by KAREN TOUT on 10/23/2019

    Senior Ads Business Ads

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  • New Cell Phone Policy

    Posted by KAREN TOUT on 8/27/2019 5:00:00 AM

    We want to let you know about an important school policy change taking place for the 2019-2020 school year. All GKHS classrooms will be cell phone free zones. As a result, cell phones should remain in lockers, bags, or backpacks, off or in airplane mode, through the duration of their classes. This is a change from previous years when teachers set individual policies within their classrooms. All teachers will have a consistently worded cell phone free policy in their syllabi/course expectations, supported by a progressive administrative policy to reinforce it. Students will still be able to access to their phones before/after school, during lunch, and during passing periods. Specifics will be communicated upon return from summer break.

    As a technology forward school, Graham-Kapowsin wants to help teach and promote appropriate digital citizenship. Our staff has overwhelmingly agreed that a consistent school wide policy to bar cell phone use during class will help students remain present and engaged in their learning. The intent of this policy is to support students in their academic success, remove a major temptation and distraction, and promote face-to-face social interaction and connection. Teachers have repeatedly observed that a cell phone on a desk, even when used as a research tool, still provides too tempting a distraction. When it dings or buzzes, the minds of even the strongest of students wander away. Studies indicate that it can take the brain up to ten minutes to re-engage after responding to a cell phone distraction. Phones are not merely distractions for their owners in the classroom, but they can also be a source of distraction for teachers and classmates alike. Students we interviewed as part of this process confirmed these assertions, albeit begrudgingly.

    Parents and guardians, please help us promote this policy be restricting phone contact with your student to passing periods or during lunch, when cell phone use will be allowed. You are also welcome to call the office to deliver information to your student during the day.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, 253-800-6100.

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  • Canvas Help for Parents

    Posted by GKHS on 10/15/2018
    Parent Registration and Student Observation

    In this video, you will get an overview of how to register for a Canvas account as a parent or guardian to observe students and their interactions within a course.
    (Last updated 2015-11-03)

    To view subtitles for this video, click the CC button in the tool bar and select a language.

    Learn from and share ideas with other Canvas users:
    View the script for this tutorial:

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  • iPad Information & Help

    Posted by GKHS on 10/14/2018
    • Students who attend GKHS for at least 1 class period per day will be able to check out an iPad.  Full time Running Start, and full time Skills Center students will not.
    • Parent must sign Hold Harmless and Coverage Preference paperwork in order for iPad to be checked out to student.
    • Paperwork can be filled out ahead of time: As long as a parent has signed the Hold Harmless and Coverage Preference paperwork.
    • Hold Harmless, and Coverage preference.  To get the forms, click this link.
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Principal's Message

  • At Graham-Kapowsin High School we believe that Orange and Blue Starts with YOU. This means bringing "Your personal best everyday," "Owning your future," and "Understanding we are one."  

    I encourage all students to get involved at GKHS through clubs, sports, activites, challenging classes, or anything else that helps them take ownership over GKHS. I encourage students to take at least one challenging class that will help them in their post-high school life, whether their path includes four-year university, technical college or an apprenticeship, the military, or some other exciting, career-oriented endeavor.

    One of the most important factors in your student’s success is your involvement. The way you talk to your students about their education influences their academic success. Some of the items worth discussing include the following:

    • Let students know that through their hard work they will increase their understanding in all subjects (including Math and Science).
    • Encourage students to talk to teachers if they have concerns about grades or other issues in class. This helps teach students responsibility to work things out with supervisors. Let them know that it is okay to ask the teacher for help
    • Set high expectations for achievement in school. Encourage students to take challenging classes throughout their high school experience, including during their senior year.

    Other ways to be involved include the following:

    • Become a partner with your student by communicating with teachers.
    • Regularly monitor your student’s progress by calling teachers or online using Family Access.
    • Call or email teachers, counselors or administrators when you have a question or concern.
    • Join the GK Booster Club; the boosters provide many services to the school.
    • Stay informed by reading the school mailings, sent every other month.
    • Visit the school and teachers’ websites

    If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at GKHS at 253-683-6100.

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