August 2016                                                                                      

Dear Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School Students and Parents/Guardians:

It is a pleasure to welcome you back to the 2016 – 2017 school year! I thank you personally for allowing me to continue serving the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau community as the high school principal. I am motivated and encouraged by all the hard work of our teachers as well as the unending work done by our maintenance and custodial staff preparing our facilities and grounds, on-site coaches and advisors who spend countless hours working with students, and our office and counseling staff organizing the school to be ready for a challenging, productive and enjoyable school year. The staff at the high school truly exemplifies our Mission of providing an education based upon a strong academic foundation in order to equip all students with skills to be productive and responsible citizens. We are grateful to be able to continue offering what we believe is a most comprehensive and diverse academic and extracurricular program. Never resting on our laurels, we will continue to align our essential learning outcomes to the state standards, bridge the generational technological divide by using technology to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our classrooms, and explore employability academies to name a few.

To help us in our effort to continue to provide a comprehensive and diverse academic and extracurricular program; we have a number of additions for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • We welcome new staff members Karen Mills (At-Risk & Alt. Ed.), Kevin Callahan (Science), Ben Levendoski (Mathematics), Josh Ausman (English), Sue Rosendale (English), Nicole Ruud (Special Education), and Scott Pooler (IT & two-Way classroom coordinator). All are tremendous additions to the Red Hawk family.
  • In alignment with the district Technology Plan we will be continuing to offer iPads for every student in the high school plus Chrome books in the library as well as an additional laptop cart, south lab and graphics lab for classroom use. iPad’s will be distributed to students on the first day of school.
  • We have supplemented our course offerings to provide personalized learning opportunities for students. We now have 16 college credit courses, 8 AP courses, and 9 transcripted courses plus we have expanded our School to Work program with apprenticeship, Co-Op and work release opportunities. We will continue to address our deficiencies in Reading with our rigorous reading program, Reading Plus.
  • We have Adjusted our bell schedule to accommodate work schedules, allow increased access to our extended learning time, and provide greater opportunity for student access to course offerings.

We are most fortunate to work in a community that encourages and supports its students and teachers in an unparalleled, yet appropriate manner, staying true to the Vision of being the preferred district in the Coulee Region for education, employment and community pride demonstrated by leadership that builds the district’s capacity, being a leader in technology, maintaining an informed and engaging communication system, sustaining the highest quality facilities.

The relationship between you, your child, the staff and myself is very important. My hope is that you will find us approachable and easy to speak to, and that you won’t hesitate to contact us if you ever have questions, concerns, or you just want to share good news about our school or your child. We always welcome and greatly appreciate feedback, as we cannot fix it if we don’t know about it!

To our students, I ask that you reflect on your goals and strive not only to pursue personal excellence but also to demonstrate your perseverance and integrity. Know that we are here to support and encourage you as you explore different possibilities and grow as learners. Remember that with these opportunities, comes both a personal and collective responsibility to be supportive of one another. I will count on you to go beyond tolerance and treat all members of our community with respect. I challenge each of you to contribute as we maintain and improve the long tradition of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau excellence in both curricular and co-curricular activities.

To our parents, it is through your support that we make a significant difference in the lives of our students. As we strive to take Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School beyond its state standing as an exemplary high school to one of national and global recognition, our partnership becomes that much more critical. The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau community has dedicated itself completely to the education of its students and has placed great trust in our schools. We understand the importance of this trust and vow to work for the best interests of our students and community. Our challenge is to embrace the future of the 21st century and assure that our students are properly prepared to become leaders in this exciting new world. Today more than ever, parental involvement is key to student success. This is why we thank those for connecting with us and hope others will join in by sending your current email to su.iw1498645925.21k.1498645925slooh1498645925csteg1498645925@etih1498645925wyort1498645925 requesting to become a member of the “Friday Night Lights” list serve. You can also follow us on facebook (Troywhite Principal), Twitter (@twhiteprincipal) or at http://www.smore.com/gnkr9-red-hawk-pride. We will utilize these communication methods to provide timely and continual communication promoting achievements and I encourage you to forward me any great things taking place with our students to pass along.

School officially begins on Tuesday September 1st, but we have several important items requiring the attention of both parents and students before that date.

  1. Forms and handbooks may be downloaded from the high school website or we will provide copies to anyone upon request in the high school office. Please read, sign and return the provided Handbook, Student Safe & Responsibility Use, Digital use and iPad Self-Insurance form as well as the Student Emergency/Health form to the high school office before the first day of school. Students without signed forms will not be issued their iPad or allowed Internet access. iPads will be distributed the first day of school.
  2. “Extended Learning Time” – Our 25 minutes of intensive academic enhancement/enrichment where students may be requested for additional assistance, instruction, make up missing work, or tutoring other students. Students who make good choices and are succeeding academically and not requested will be allowed to sign in to the commons or library. Seniors and juniors may apply for “Honors Release” during Extended Learning Time if they are earning at least a 3.25 GPA, have a 90% attendance rate, have no truancies and approved by parent/guardian and administration. Honors release forms explaining the procedure and participation requirements can be downloaded from the high school website.
  3. All student vehicles are to be parked in the north parking lot in an orderly manner or on other streets that are not posted as “No Parking” areas. Student vehicles parked on school grounds must display a “hang tag” on the rearview mirror, which will be distributed upon request to seniors, juniors, sophomores, and then freshmen in order. Failure to display a parking tag will result in a warning. Second and subsequent offenses may result in the vehicle being towed.

It is a privilege to lead the learning community of Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School. The foundation of our future accomplishments will be found in the power of our combined efforts and the strength of our synergy. We wish you the best of luck this year as we work together to ensure that every child reaches his or her fullest potential! Please let us know if we can be of any assistance throughout the year.   

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Troy White, Principal

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School


 HS Student Handbook 2016-17 (rev. 8/30/16)