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We welcome feedback on the draft recommendations given during the District Sustainability presentation at the School Board Meeting this past Tuesday.

The PowerPoint Presentation, meeting recording and the form to submit feedback is available on our website. [Community > Community Feedback]


We look forward to hosting forums and additional meetings over the next 6-8 weeks. Please check the website for updates and information.


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Gary Community School Corporation Fosters Career Exploration among Students Through Visit to County Line Apple Orchard

Recently, the Gary Community School Corporation Gary Area Career Center’s Culinary Arts, Business, Early Childhood Education and Radio/TV students traveled to the County Line Apple Orchard for a multi-tier career exploration experience.

The excursion provided hands-on learning experiences for the students that included picking fresh fruits in anticipation of making apple pies and tarts. The culinary students will be using the apples from the orchard to make special treats while the business students will determine the price point for each dessert through costs analysis. The early childhood education students created field experiences for grades Pre-K through 2, and the Radio/TV students documented the adventure by taking photos and videos.

“This trip was a great experience for all of our students,” said Shelly Martin, Director of the Gary Area Career Center. “The apple orchard presented a great opportunity for them to learn how to explore career opportunities while being introduced to new resources in their community.”

In addition, other schools in the district are making plans to visit the orchard this season. Follow @GarySchools on Facebook for pictures and more!


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In the Schools

October 8th - 13th Hispanic Heritage Spirit Week

Fall Planting - October 10th  9:00 AM -11:00 AM

Fall Planting - October 13th 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Rain Date

Touch-A-Truck -October 17th 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Fall Picture Day - October 19th

STEM and Treat -October 21st Gary Career Center 9:00 AM to1:00PM

Pink Week for staff October 23rd -Think Pink day for students October 24th

Gary Literacy Coalition Guest Readers -October 26th (Time TBD)

October 30th - Harvest Parade (students may wear costumes)

October 30th - November 10th  Fundraiser (Cookie Dough and Pies) Online sale

Apple Crunch - November 2th- 10:00 AM 

School Families,


Please ensure that your child's immunizations were updated by Friday, October 6th.  Students without updated shots won't be able to attend school starting Monday, October 9th. Please send in your appointment dates and times to the nurse if you are working on getting an appointment. 

There will be an immunization clinic at Bethune on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Students need parental consent to be immunized. If you wish to send your child to the clinic, please see the school nurse for the forms. 

Please ensure that your child's immunizations are up to date so that there is no interruption to your child's learning journey.



🐝 🌱 Our friend and community partner, Freida Graves, from Faith Farms in Gary, came to be our expert guest for our 3rd grade STEM project called “Green Thumb”. Scholars have been learning about plants and gardening. Miss Freida brought items from their local bee hives and taught our 3rd graders the important part bees play in plant growth and how important they are for us as human beings! Frieda even brought us a book about bees for our library! 

We are so happy that our students have the opportunity to learn outside of the four walls of their classrooms. Banneker Elementary at Marquette is in an excellent location to learn about Forestry and wildlife. Go Cougars and thank you to Purdue Extension-Lake County 4-H!

September has been another great month of celebrations at Daniel Hale Williams! We celebrated 28 Days of Kindness, College Go Week, and student Birthdays!! Thank you to all the staff and students who participated. A special thank to Officer Minkah for delivering a message to our students about safety, discipline and perseverance!

Helping Students Build Coding Skills with Drones and Self-Driving Cars | Science Buddies Blog

Through a mini grant program, more than three hundred students at Title 1 schools were provided with classroom kits to explore physical computing and how to build smart devices.

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Employee Spotlights

Damari Rozier, a graduate of West Side Leadership Academy, started his IT journey right here in the district. After graduating, he accepted an offer to work full-time with GCSC. For the past three years, he’s developed his skills and knowledge which has opened up the door for another amazing opportunity in his career. 

This summer, Damari will be interning for Vanguard in North Carolina in their Technology Operations. 

“ Damari is on the fast track to the top in the IT industry,” said Darrell Riddell, IT Director for GCSC.

“He is an amazing example of what talent comes from Gary and I’m glad to have him a part of the team.”

Community Partners

Mindplay through www.closeeducation.com

For more information contact:

Maria Brown

Director of Professional Learning

Close Education, LLC maria@closeeducation.com

SAT Prep workshop with northern Indiana teachers #GEARUPworks 

Partnerships expand opportunities for our schools and students. This is a great example of the exciting things happening at West Side Leadership Academy. Thank you Shirley Heinze Land Trust for your partnership.

Gary Star Student Balances School, A Part-Time Job & Extracurriculars

Gary Star Student Balances School, A Part-Time Job & Extracurriculars - Gary, IN - Joseph won his regional public speaking competition, participates in several activities and is pursuing a career in Culinary Arts.

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📢 Save the Date!

🗓️ Career Fair 2023

November 16th & 17th

Attention parents, students, and all stakeholders! Mark your calendars for the most anticipated event of the year - our Career Fair 2023!

Explore endless possibilities and connect with top-tier companies looking to hire bright minds like yours! Whether you're a student on the brink of a new chapter or a parent eager to support your child's future, this fair is not to be missed!

Stay tuned for further details as we gear up for an incredible two-day event packed with networking opportunities and career growth!

GAPS Newsletter

A Day in the District

Featuring Lori Kuykendall of Gary Literacy Coalition

On WGVE 88.7 FM with Jeffrey Smith

Interview with Robert Garcia, Director of Transportation

Jobs and Opportunities with GCSC

Chief Financial Officer

Athletic Trainer

Middle School Cross Country

Middle School Track and Field

Middle School Boys Basketball Coach

Middle School Girls Basketball Coach

Teacher (K-5)

High Ability Elementary Teacher

Welding Teacher

Math Teacher

Electrician Foreman


Social Studies Teacher

Title I Para

and more...

A full list of open positions and job descriptions can be found on our website!
We encourage you to apply today!

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Business Owners
We publicize RFPs and contract information on our website! Check out our latest projects!

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