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Welcome Back Assembly Held

posted Aug 15, 2011, 6:46 AM by Don Burley

Mr. Miller and Mr. Dillon had an opportunity to meet with all students during the first week of school to discuss some of the good things happening at GES. The faculty was introduced and Mr. Miller outlined a few goals for the year. Students were well-behaved and respectful. It's going to be a great year!

Grades 1 through 5 assemble in the gym for a start of the year assembly.

Welcome Back Letter

posted Aug 14, 2011, 5:05 AM by Don Burley

Dear Families,

We hope that everyone is ready for an exciting 2011-2012 school year at Graham Elementary (GES). We have several new staff members here at GES who have been transferred from Graham Middle School (GMS).
Brenda Massie will be teaching fifth grade.
Amy Hegyi will be teaching fourth grade.
Emily Shreve will be teaching fifth Grade.
Katie Walker will be teaching fourth grade.

In addition to these new staff members, we also would like to welcome Adrienne James who will be replacing Zoe Faulkner as one of our Speech and Language Therapists.

Another change to GES is that we are reorganizing and running the building as one school rather than a K-2 side and a 3-5 side. We will work with all of our students, the staff, and our families this year and we feel this will help with communication and to better serve your children.

One exciting change that we feel will improve our communication is the incorporation of Google into our day to day operations. We are currently restructuring our website to incorporate a Google calendar into our homepage; however, we encourage all families to sign up for a free google account. Once you have a Google account, send Mr. Miller or Mr. Dillon an email with your new email account and we will invite you to have access to our GES Calendar where you can stay up to date on events and happenings at GES.

Open House will be next Monday and Tuesday night. On Monday night, Grades Kdg, 2nd, 4th, and Mrs. Sanders' class will have open house from 5:30-7:00. On Tuesday night, grades Preschool, 1st, 3rd, and 5th will have open house from 5:30-7:00. There will be an informational mtg at 7:00 for 5th grade families to receive info on the annual Glen Helen trip. Lastly, Mr. Miller and Mr. Dillon will be available in the cafeteria to meet for introductions and provide information regarding changes to the upcoming school year such as pick-up and drop-off procedures and to answer any other questions. In addition to this information, we will also be passing out information and directions for families to complete an online survey regarding Graham Elementary where we can gather information and input from families as to the direction that you would like to see Graham Elementary take as we make future plans.

Again, we are excited to get started and begin to build relationships with the families and community of Graham. We look forward to working with all families to continue to build upon the past successes of GES while meeting the growing challenges of developing our students and your children into tomorrow’s leaders. We feel fortunate to be a part of this great school system. To reach us, you may do so through email. Email Mr. Miller at and Mr. Dillon at We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in Education,

Mr. Chad Miller Mr. Matt Dillon

“We must be the change we wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi

Glen Helen Informational Meeting for 5th Graders

posted Aug 14, 2011, 4:34 AM by Don Burley

There will be an informational meeting following open house at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23rd, for parents and guardians of 5th grade students discussing the annual Glen Helen trip. Below is a fact sheet that details the trip.

 Glen Helen Outdoor Education Trip  

Fact Sheet

This is a very popular and exciting three day/two night field trip that has been a Graham tradition for over 30 years! Students get to explore beautiful Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs, Ohio, engaging in numerous hands-on/team-building activities that are all correlated to the Ohio Grade 5 Educational Indicators for Science and Social Studies.

The October 24-26, 2011 Trip (Monday – Wednesday) is tentatively scheduled for:

Mr. Blosser’s Class

Mrs. Burroughs’ Class

Mrs. Massie's Class

The October 26-28, 2011 Trip (Wednesday – Friday) is tentatively scheduled for:

Mrs. Dill's Class

Mrs. Goddard’s Class

Mrs. Shreve's Class

*  Cost of the trip is $115.

*  A permission form, health information sheet, and $20 minimum pre-payment are due

   by September 2, 2011.  (These forms will be available at our Open House in August.)

*  Your total fee must be paid by September 30th.

*  Parents with unpaid school fees from previous years must contact the board office and

   be on a payment plan by the time of the trip.  

*  Parents with unpaid current school fees must pay @1/4 of these fees by the time of the


*  Questions?  Please email Dianne Burroughs at or call

   Norm Glismann at 937-663-4123.

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