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Ellen Perconti selected as next Superintendent of Goldendale Schools

The Goldendale School District’s Board of Directors has selected Ellen Perconti to serve as its next superintendent.  The school board made its unanimous selection during a special meeting on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

The newly designated superintendent for the Goldendale School District is currently serving leadership positions with the 211-student Grapeview School District and the Mary M. Knight School District in Elma, which has 150 students plus another 1,500 enrolled online. 

Perconti became the superintendent at Grapeview in 2018, and joined Mary M. Knight as principal/superintendent in 2014.  She’s been a member of OSPI’s K-12 Data Governance Team, and last year negotiated to bring a full-time principal position to the Mary M. Knight school. 

Perconti earlier worked as superintendent/principal at Idaho’s West Bonner County School District in Priest River during 2012-2014.  Prior to that, she was with the Lewiston School District for 20 years, serving as a K-8th grade music teacher, K-12th assessment coordinator, and for 10 years as director of curriculum. 

The newly selected superintendent for Goldendale attended the University of Iowa for her bachelor’s degree in music education and music therapy, then the University of Idaho for her master’s degree in music education and her Ph.D. in education.

Dr. Perconti's appointment with the Goldendale School District will begin on July 1, succeeding 2018-2019 interim superintendent Ian Grabenhorst.

Our first responsibility as a school is to keep students safe and we practice emergency drills throughout the school year for this reason.
Please be sure to review the new 
Emergency Information Guide regarding school based emergencies under the School Safety tab (above).

 Good things happening at Goldendale Primary School:
  • GPS is in it's third year as a Leader In Me School, which is a nationally recognized process to recognize and promote all students as leaders; every month we focus on one of the Seven Habits to Highly Successful Students. This month we are learning Habit 6: Synergize! Together is better. I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than any one of us can alone. I look for Third Alternatives. I am the leader of me. Check out the "Parent's Place at www.TheLeaderinMe.org for fun ways to bring the habits home.
  • Learn and Play Program for babies and preschool age children and their caregiver  to enjoy story time, craft, and light snack is at the PS Cafeteria on the second Wednesday at 2:15pm. This program will be open through May 2019.
  • The Masons are sponsoring the Books for Bikes program; students earn a ticket for each book they read then tickets are drawn in May to win a new bicycle!
  • Kids Wrestling Club: all children welcome to wrestling club each Monday and Wednesday from 6-7:30pm at the high school gym!
  • There are 2 coat racks full of lost coats, sweatshirts, hats and gloves; please have your child check for their lost items.
  • Breakfast is served for all grade levels at the primary school cafeteria from 7:45am to 8:05am.

Current news from Goldendale Middle School:
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  • The Computer Lab is open every morning from 7:45 to 8:05 for students who need to work on Math or Language skills.
  • If your student is falling behind in class or has low grades, help is available! The MS After School program provides tutoring help with homework for all students and you can speak directly with an academic counselor concerning your child's grades. Call Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. Fahlenkamp at 773-4323 for questions. 
  • Congratulations to 5 Goldendale FFA members who competed in a recent Washington State FFA Agriscience Fair: Claira Tuning placed 1st with her soil erosion control project and Faith Potts place 2nd with her water filtration project in Environmental and Natural Resources Systems. Nick Bowdish placed 1st with his fertilizer comparison project in Plant Systems. Addi Bomberger placed 1st with her solar pop can heater in Power, Structural, and Technical Systems. Jenna Casey placed 1st with her photoresistor produce sensor in Food Products and Processing. As category winners, Claira, Nick, Addi and Jenna have qualified to submit their paperwork for consideration at the National FFA Agriscience Fair this fall in Indianapolis, IN.
  • SKYWARD Message Center: the middle school will communicate through this message center; please be sure your email address is entered in that area of Family Access. If parents needs assistance,  please call the middle school at 773-4323.
  • GMS continues to bolster its Gateway To Technology curriculum through adding a new course called "Flight and Space".  Along with Design and Modeling, Energy and the Environment, and Automation and Robotics, this new course will give GMS 7th and 8th graders access to even more opportunities in math and science.
  • Need directions to other schools in our athletic league? Click here for a list of directions to all league schools.

What's cool at Goldendale High School:
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  • Goldendale Schools promote the health and well being of children by providing nutritious meals to students.  Families whose income is at or below federal income poverty guidelines may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals and are encouraged to apply. This program may also help the school district to obtain grant funding so every household is encouraged to apply. Applications are available in all school offices.
  • Congratulations to senior Dianna Toledo for her charcoal artwork "It's High Noon" winning entry at the 46th Annual ESD 105 High School Art Show; her entry will advance to OSPI's statewide show later this spring in Olympia.
  • At a recent CAD 3D Engineering competition, Cameron Mains won 2nd place, to design and model a musical keyboard training device for youth. Thea Smith and Natasha Muzechenko won 3rd Place for their Off the Grid event, to design an energy & self-efficient Architecturally Integrated Food Source. Thea also won 1st place for her Career Prep Presentation. Our two Robotics Teams won 5th & 6th in the state. Jade Smith was re-elected to the officer team to serve as the State Vice President, and Thea Smith will serve as the State Sargent at Arms. Congratulations to all the students on their recent successes!
  • FFA is selling metal signs through the High School Metals Fabrication Class; contact Mr. Krieg at josh.krieg@gsd404.org for more information
  • Parents We Need You:  Would you like to join the Goldendale School District Family Engagement Team?  This team will help plan and coordinate effective parent involvement activities that improve academic achievement and school performance.  You will be an integral part to the development of our District Wide plan.  Please contact Ian Grabenhorst, Interim Superintendent at (509) 773-5177 if you have any questions.
  • Graduation Ceremony:  Friday, June 7, 2019 at 7pm at the high school gym!

In accordance with Federal law, the Goldendale School District is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, and provides access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to John Westerman, Title IX, ADA/504 Director, Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying Compliance Officer and Civil Rights Compliance Officer of Goldendale School District No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 or call (509) 773-5846 or email to jwesterman@gsd404.org. Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district employment opportunities. Goldendale School District is an equal opportunity employer, complies with all Federal Rules and Regulations, and does not discriminate for all district programs and employment opportunities.

De acuerdo con la ley federal, el distrito escolar de Goldendale está prohibido discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, orientación sexual, expresión de género, identidad de género, credo, religión, edad, veterano o situación militar, discapacidad o el uso de un perro guía entrenado o animal de servicio por una persona con una discapacidad, y proporciona acceso a los Boy Scouts of America y otros grupos juveniles designados. Para presentar una queja de discriminación, escriba a John Westerman, Título IX, ADA / 504 Director de, acoso, intimidación y Oficial de Cumplimiento La intimidación y el Oficial de Cumplimiento de los Derechos Civiles del distrito escolar de Goldendale No. 404, 525 Simcoe Drive, Goldendale WA 98620 o llame al (509) 773-5846 o por correo electrónico a jwesterman@gsd404.org. El Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina por todas las oportunidades de empleo de distrito. Distrito escolar de Goldendale es un empleador de igualdad de oportunidades, cumple con todas las reglas y regulaciones federales, y no discrimina a contra los programas del distrito y las oportunidades de empleo.

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