GMG began classes on August 21 with High School Principal Mark Polich welcoming the students and staff. He said, "We are all her to learn to prepare for your future."
Mr. Polich introduced Garwin American Legion Auxiliary President Jane Jordebreck. She conducted the ceremony and presented the flag to Senior Sara Hinson.
The Pledge was said and faculty members sang the "Star Spangled Banner". Mrs. Jordebreck offered a prayer and stated, "..... let us see through the mountain and not try to move it ourselves."
Tradition was followed as the Senior Class of GMG posed for a first day of school photo. Photo by Margaret Thomsen
Mrs. Jordebreck traditionally conducts a quiz with a treat for the winner - and this year the focus was geography. Each class was asked to answer a question. As usual, she made everyone think.
In her remarks Mrs. Jordebreck said, "Let's remember to treat each other, teachers included, with respect, understanding and kindness. Be tolerant of each other. Do not be judgmental! - that's not your job. Don't bully someone else. I hope you all have a good year."
"God Bless America" was sung by those in attendance. In her closing remarks, Mrs. Jordebreck noted that each day many students drive by her place west of town on the way to school. A "heavy foot" is a problem sometimes. She reminded that when you (the students) drive and have passengers in the car, those passengers put their trust in you to keep them safe. And she added, "If, God forbid, you would have an accident and that person would not make it you have ruined your life. When you have passengers, you are in control of their life. Be respectful of passengers and of course no texting."
Mr. Polich presented an award for 25 years of service to Mr. Mark Samek. He is the biology and science teacher at the high school and was gone on a field trip last spring when awards were presented. Samek received a pen and clock set in recognition of his achievement.
Mr. Mike Pierson, guidance counselor, presented academic letters and top of class recognition. Homeroom meetings for each class followed the presentations.
In closing Mr. Polich told the students "...The main focus this year is reading. We all need to become better readers. With society today and all the technology that is new we have to be better readers for ourselves and for the job market."
Mr. Polich also addressed attendance. Stating, "If you are here on a daily basis you should easily pass your classes. You need to be here so we can get the information to you. Teachers have instruction time and work time. When you miss you miss out on both."