Dear Gardiner Families,
It was so exciting to see more than 650 families at registration. That may be a record! We hope those of you who weren't able to make it last week will be able to join us on Tuesday, August 26, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. for our make up registration day.
We have had a few last minute changes in our staffing that I'd like to share with you. Regrettably, we have lost some of our talented teaching staff this summer. However, we have been able to hire some amazing, talented and experienced teachers as well. The experiences they have had in other districts and states will enrich the opportunities we can provide at Gardiner. I introduced several of them to you in the summer letter. Since then we have had a few more join our school community.
Anthony Robinson will be teaching eighth grade math. He comes to us from Southwest Charter School in Portland where he has taught science and math for the past two years.
Laurie Radke has moved cross-country to join us from Virginia. Laurie has taught sixth grade for eight of her fourteen years of teaching. She will be teaching sixth grade language arts and social studies and seventh grade language arts.
Rebecca Belknap is taking the place of Becky Dyche who moved this summer. Rebecca has experience working in Sherwood and Tigard Tualatin as a teacher for students with special needs.
Melissa Yotsuya comes to us with more than ten years of middle school experience as a language pathologist. She will join Kathy Kobor as our speech language team this year.
We also were able to hire Danielle Tebon. Danielle has taught middle school language arts, reading and AVID in Salem for the past four years.
Ms. Thompson, one of our counselors, took another opportunity she couldn't pass up on this summer. We are in the process of hiring a new counselor and will finish this week. Until that time, Mrs. Doud our retired counselor will be helping us in the counseling office and mentoring our new counselors as we transition.
Mr. Mandish recently accepted a position at the high school level. He has been the "jack of all trades" as a teacher at Gardiner for several years. We are fortunate that our veteran art and social studies teacher Ms. Moore has accepted this temporary art teaching position until we are able to hire a permanent teacher. As a result of this staffing change, we are excited to share that we will be adding one more period of choir. Mr. Hancock has done an outstanding job as our choir director and his classes are bursting.
I spent a morning with our building leadership team last week. I left feeling so inspired by their passion and unwavering commitment to excellence for our students. As a parent of a middle school student myself, I know the importance of sending your kids off to school with renewed hope and excitement for them as learners and individuals. We as a leadership team at Gardiner are committed to the district vision of "learning to be our best" through our work each day with students. We hope you will join us in supporting our learning community in this work this school year.
We will see the 6th graders for their first day of school on September 2nd, 8:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.and then all students on September 3rd for a full day of school, 8:45 a.m. - 3:25 p.m. (There is NOT an early release on the 3rd).