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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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  • Back to School Newsletter

    Posted by GKHS on 8/6/2019

    Click here for the Back to School newsletter

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  • Daily Announcements

    Posted by GKHS on 3/12/2019

    Monday, September 23, 2019

    Guitar Club: Are you interested in joining the guitar club? Come to a guitar club interest meeting in room 238 after school today or see Mr. Fisher.  All are welcome to join, even if you've never touched a guitar!

    DECA: The first DECA Meeting is Tuesday during Club Time in room 152. All interested are welcome. If you need a SS Pass see Mrs. T in room 152.

    HOSA: If you are interested in a career in the medical field while meeting others with the same interest. Come to the Future Medical Professionals HOSA interest meeting in room 169, during study support Tuesday. See Mrs. Wurdemann in room 169 for a pass.

    FCCLA: Join FCCLA! An interest meeting will be Tuesday during study support. See Mrs Lovern, Mrs Singsaas, or Ms. White for a pass.

    Picture Make-Ups: Picture make-ups are Tuesday & Wednesday during lunches.  If you haven’t gotten your ID picture yet, get it taken during this time.

    Scholarships: Seniors!  The ACT Six scholarship is now open.  This is a full-tuition scholarship that values community service and leadership.  Come to the information session on Tuesday during study support.  Passes are in the Career Center. 

    College Visit: Seniors!  Northwestern University will be here for a visit on Tuesday during study support in the Commons.  Passes are in the Career Center.

    Military and Family Life Counselor: Do you have parents in the military?  Did you know we have a Military and Family Life Counselor at GK?  He’s here on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the career center! Stop by anytime to say hi!

    Robotics: Robotics will be meeting after school on Wednesday in room 174. See you there!

    Senior Meeting: There will be a senior class meeting with Jostens during Study Support Time this Thursday, September 26th. Please report to the gym during Study Support.

    Writing Center: The Writing Center is located in Room 232 during study support and all lunches. During study support, bring a pass from your teacher, and during lunch, feel free to bring your lunch!

    Math Help:  Math Help has started! On Wednesdays, it’s in room 250 and Thursdays in room 255 from 2:20 - 3:50pm.

    GSA: The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) interest meeting will be held on Thursday the 26th before school in the Career Center.

    FAFSA: Attention Seniors: The FAFSA Application opens on October 1st. All Senior students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA, no matter their post-high school plans. Have questions or need help with the FAFSA Application please stop by the Career Center.

    Parking Permits: Are you driving to school? You must have a parking permit. Applications are processed in the office during lunches.

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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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