June 27, 2018
Welcome
Welcome to FRONTRUNNER, Groveport Madison Schools' monthly community 
e-Newsletter. Our goal is to provide parents and community members with news, accomplishments and updates associated with our students, schools, staff and school district.
Board Selects Ogden as Superintendent
Garilee Ogden
On May 25, the Groveport Madison School Board selected Garilee Ogden to serve as superintendent of the District, following the February, 2018 resignation of superintendent Bruce Hoover. The decision to hire Ogden came after a three-month search that yielded nearly 30 applicants for the position.
 
Ogden, who currently serves as the District's director of curriculum, instruction and professional development, succeeds John Hurd, who became the District's interim superintendent immediately following Hoover's departure.
 
Ogden began her educational career in 1994 as a newspaper reporter covering school and government events for the Deming Headlight/Las Cruses Sun News. Prior to moving to Ohio, she served as a teacher, principal and director for the Deming Public Schools in Las Cruses, New Mexico. South-Western City Schools hired Ogden as an intermediate school principal in 2008. In 2010, Dublin City Schools recruited Ogden to serve as an elementary school principal. In 2013, she went to work for Upper Arlington City Schools/Battelle for Kids as the director of professional development and accountability. She has been in her current role with Groveport Madison Schools since July 2016.


The New GM High School - In the Final Stretch!
There is an incredible sense of excitement and anticipation for the opening of the new high school. For the most part, the construction phase of the project is wrapping up, with the project's architect and the construction manager carefully working through their "punch lists" to ensure all of the work is complete to their exacting specifications.
 
At this point, rooms are being cleaned, floors are being waxed, and furniture and equipment arrive on an almost daily basis. At the same time, health and building inspections have commenced, and our staff is being trained to use and maintain the various electrical and mechanical systems.
     
High School Bricks Available Soon
There is no doubt that the old high school building holds fond memories for many. We have directed the demolition contractor to maintain a pile of salvaged bricks so that the public may have a keepsake item from the school. The brick pile will be located close to the main entrance of the site. If you stop by to get a brick, please be careful, as the bricks may have wire or other sharp objects attached to them.
     
New GM High School Dedication Scheduled for Aug. 29
The District extends a community-wide invitation to attend the dedication ceremony for the new high school. The event will take place on Wednesday, August 29, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. This will be a great time to tour the building and learn how it will benefit our students for many years to come. We look forward to seeing you there!
     
School Starts on Tuesday, September 4; Enroll Now!
If you know of a family new to our school district, be sure to share this information with them so that they can get their child enrolled for the coming school year.

The Groveport Madison Schools "SpeedyStart" online registration system makes enrolling a child for school quick and easy. Most of the registration process can be completed from the comfort of home. After completing the online portion of the registration, the parent/guardian will be invited to schedule a convenient time to meet with our Enrollment Center staff to finalize the child's enrollment.

DON'T WAIT. ENROLL NOW! Enrolling early helps to ensure children will enjoy a smooth start to the school year. By registering early, we can provide parents with the child's school assignment, set up bus routes (where applicable), and provide all the information parents need to be ready for the start of the school year. To enroll a child or get additional information, visit our Enrollment Center website at www.gocruisers.org/enrollment.aspx.
 
Please Note:  Preschool enrollment cannot be completed online. Please call  Roberta McDonnell at 614-916-1166 to schedule an appointment.
Get Ready for Kindergarten Camp!
For kindergarteners and their parents, the first few days of school are often filled with a mix of emotions: anticipation, excitement, and, maybe even, some anxiety. We want to make sure that our kindergarteners - and their parents - experience only the positive emotions associated with becoming part of the Cruiser family.

Our 2018-2019 School Calendar is Available
The Groveport Madison Schools 2018-2019 school calendar is available on the District's homepage under the Quick Links section. S chool will begin on Sept. 4. Delaying the start of school until September will allow much needed time for the demolition of the old high school and the installation of parking lots, allowing for a smooth start to the new school year.

Click to download the 2018-2019 Calendar.
FREE Summer Lunch Program
Groveport Madison Human Needs coordinates the Summer Lunch Program for our area, where children age one to 18 can eat lunch every day - for free!
 
Lunches are served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through July 20.
 
Madison Township locations include:
- Middle School North, 5474 Sedalia Dr., Columbus
- Asbury Elementary School, 5127 Harbor Blvd., Columbus
 
Groveport locations include:
- Middle School Central, 751 Main St., Groveport 
- Degenhart Park, 300 Lambert St., Groveport
 
No paperwork or proof of income is required.  If you're looking for other summer lunch locations across Ohio, check out the new app from the Ohio Department of Education. It's available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store (keywords: Ohio Department of Education).
Have You Recently Moved? Don't Wait - Update Your Information Today
Even if your child is currently enrolled in Groveport Madison Schools, but you have recently moved to another address within the District, you must call our Enrollment Office to update your address and other contact information well before school starts. Failure to update this information in a timely manner could affect your child's school assignment and getting him/her assigned to a bus route (where applicable). 

Call 614-491-8288 to schedule a convenient time to come in and update this important information.

Groveport Madison Schools Enrollment Center 
4400 Marketing Place, Suite B
Groveport, Ohio 43125
614-491-8288
Important Dates to Remember

DATE
EVENT
Aug. 20-23
Kindergarten Camp
Aug. 29
New High School Dedication, 7 PM
Sept. 4
First Day of School*, Grades 1-9
Sept. 5
First Day of School*, Grades 10-12
Sept. 6
Kindergarten Parent Meeting/Notification Day
*Sept. 10-12
Kindergarten begins school on staggered start
Share Good News About Groveport Madison Schools!
We know that great news occurs every day. We invite you to share positive news items with us via our social media outlets as well. News and information can be shared via personal messaging on Facebook (Groveport Madison Schools). You can also email us at  gm.communications@gocruisers.org, or call us at 614-492-2520.

Thank you,
Office of Marketing, Communications & Community Relations
Groveport Madison Schools   |   614-492-2520   |    gocruisers.org
Office of Marketing, Communications & Community Relations
gm.communications@gocruisers.org
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