"While data informs our decisions, Grand Island Public Schools measures success one individual student at a time. With the help of strong family and community support, we are preparing our students to be future ready."
Dr. Tawana Grover, GIPS Superintendent
Grover: Our job is to prepare students for success in life
Since my arrival in the district this summer, I have been impressed with so many aspects of Grand Island and Grand Island Public Schools.
We have an incredibly talented staff, all dedicated to our students. As I visit classrooms and activities, I am reminded daily of the caring professionals who work daily to educate our kids. The 1,500 individuals do great things, but are even better together.
Our community is filled with parents, families and supporters, all interested in what we do, how we do it and where we can improve. Many in our community are finding ways to move that support into action as a partner with the district in providing education to our students. Our families, these partners and our district are all better together.
There are 9,800 reasons we all do what we do. Our students surprise us every day with the questions they ask, the tasks they complete and the problems they solve. We encourage students to move beyond their comfort levels, to push past their potential, to work toward goals they set for themselves and exceed all high expectations. They work hard. We surround them with opportunities. They collaborate, communicate, think critically and creatively as they learn. They, too, are better together.
This annual report you are reading is filled with numbers and stories. Please read both with a basic understanding: While data informs our decisions, Grand Island Public Schools measures success one individual student at a time. With the help of strong family and community support, we are preparing our students to be future ready.
When we say 'future ready,' we mean many things:
- Students are prepared for life beyond high school when they leave us, whether that next step is college, military or a career.
- Students have important life skills they will rely on in many situations, skills we start teaching from the start of preschool all the way to graduation day.
- Students are surrounded by opportunities to expand their knowledge base; while following their talents and passions they are exposed to diverse situations, people and interests.
We are constantly making improvements and adjustments to our processes and adding features and options to provide each individual student with the educational path fit for his or her needs.
In the past few years, that has meant we've developed new elementary schedules, adopted new curriculum across all subject areas, purchased new resources, invested in one-to-one technology at all grade levels, built new and expanded current schools, started new programs, expanded extracurricular opportunities and many more changes.
We are a progressive school district. We will not be satisfied by the any of the numbers you see in this report. We will not stop adapting our processes to meet the needs of our students.
Future needs perpetually evolve. So must our practices of educating those who will own that future.
We don't do it alone. We ask a lot out of our staff, as well as our students, their families and our community.
You will hear us repeat this over and over because it is true: We are better together and we will continue to get better together.