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  • Pierce College Information Session Flyer

    Posted by NICOLE THOMPSON on 10/29/2019

    Pierce College Information Session Flyer

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  • Daily Announcements

    Posted by GKHS on 10/24/2019

    Thursday, November 7, 2019

    Homecoming Pictures: Homecoming pictures are here and available in the office during lunches.

    Fall Play: The play “Clue” starts this weekend. Performances run November 8-9 & 15-16 at 7pm. Tickets are $5 with ASB and $7 without. Don't miss your chance to see your favorite characters and try to guess who the murderer is. 

    Football: Our football team plays Mount Vernon this Friday at 7 pm at Art Crate Field.  Since this game is to get into the state playoffs there will be a charge for attendance. Cost for students will be $5 with ASB and $7 without. See you at the gam e!

    Class Meeting: Sophomore Class officers- there will be a meeting with your Class Advisors about fundraising on Tuesday Nov 12th in room 165 during Study Support. Please attend this important meeting.

    Honor Society: National Honor Society members - we will have a meeting to elect officers during study support Tuesday. Please be there!

    Photography: Photography Club will be meeting Tuesdays after school in room 180. No experience needed, just bring a smile.

    Field Trip Opportunity: Students interested in checking out careers in manufacturing, aerospace, utilities and more, stop by the Career Center for a field trip permission form to Pierce County Career Day which is next week!

    Basketball: Boys' Basketball tryouts begin on Monday, November 18th. Ninth graders starting at 5:15 - 7 pm in the Small Gym and 10-12 graders from 5:45 pm- 7:30 pm in the main gym. Bring a white shirt, basketball shoes, and a personal water bottle. See Mr. McNamara in 249 for details.

    Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer at Sunrise Village on Saturdays in December! Help with Santa photos, horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoo, and more. Sign up in the Career Center!

    Field Trip Opportunity: If you are interested in the Cavalcade of Authors field trip in May, please see Ms. Soler in the library to sign up.

    Host Families Needed: Host an Aussie for 9 days in January! Students from Broken Hills High School in Australia need a home for 9 days while visiting the Pacific NW. Please see Colonel Reeve in room 213 or Mrs. Lovern for more details.

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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, 253-683-6100.

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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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