Principal's Corner

  • Jeremy Schmidt, Principal

    May 2024

    Seniors,

    You’ve made it…. In a few short days, you will have crossed the graduation stage in the Fieldhouse and received your diploma.  You will have graduated, and you will officially be Grant Alumni.  Grant will be part of your past, and the future will be yours to conquer.  

    Four years ago, when you first stepped into Grant’s halls, you were just beginning to find your place in this community, unsure of what the future held. Yet, with each passing day, you've grown and evolved, not just academically, but as individuals. You've discovered your passions, honed your talents, and formed friendships that will last a lifetime.

    As you prepare to move on to the next phase of your life, I want you to know how immensely proud I am of every one of you. You’ve all taken different high school paths, but you all share the fact that you have overcome obstacles and challenges along the way. Your dedication, resilience, and determination have helped all of you get to this day.

    But as we close this chapter of your lives, I am filled not only with nostalgia but also with boundless optimism for the future that lies ahead. Although the sentiment may be trite, it rings true: Graduation is not the end, but rather the beginning of a new chapter. As you step out into the world, remember that the experiences and lessons you've gained here will serve as the foundation for your future endeavors.

    Some of you may already have a clear vision of what you want to pursue, while others may still be exploring your options, and that's perfectly okay. The journey to discovering your place in the world is a process, and it's important to embrace every twist and turn along the way. Whether you're heading off to college, entering the workforce, joining the armed services, or embarking on a different path altogether, you have a solid foundation, and the future is yours to make.

    As you venture out into the unknown, remember to Keep it RED, dare to dream big, and never lose sight of who you are. And no matter where life takes you, always remember that you will forever be a part of the Grant family.

    Congratulations, Class of 2024! Get out there and make your mark on the world.

    With congratulations and best wishes for the future,

    Dr. Schmidt
    Principal


    October 2023

    Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 26, from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm and Friday, October 27, from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Friday, October 27, is a day of non-student attendance; so, no instruction will take place on that day.  

    Regardless of your student’s progress, we encourage you to schedule conferences with all of your student’s teachers, as well as their psychologist, social worker, and school counselor.  Students are welcome and encouraged to attend conferences, as students who attend conferences tend to stay engaged and take ownership of their learning.  For convenience, families will have the option to attend conferences virtually or in-person.

    Regardless of your method of attendance, Skyward will be used to schedule all Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. Skyward’s scheduling feature allows parents to schedule conferences with the staff member of their choice via Skyward Family Access. Using this feature, parents will have the opportunity to view conference schedules, check availability, sign-up for 10-minute conferences with the staff member of your choice, and select the method for the conference. This process is quick, intuitive, and user-friendly. When scheduling conferences, please pay attention to the “Available Methods” section of your conference settings. You must select either “In-Person” or “Virtual.” By selecting one of these two choices ahead of time, both you and Grant faculty will be fully prepared for your conference. 

    Please consider transition time when switching from one meeting to the next before finalizing your conference schedule. If you are attending conferences virtually, Zoom links will be provided through Skyward and an email will be sent to the email addresses associated with your Parent account. We encourage all parents/guardians to use their student’s school-issued Chromebook to ensure easy access to Zoom conferences. If you choose to use your student’s Chromebook, their name will appear within the Zoom waiting room. If you choose not to use your student’s Chromebook, please edit your name in Zoom so teachers are aware of who you are and when to let you into the meeting. Teachers will only add participants to the meeting based on appointments scheduled through Skyward.

    Detailed instructions on how to schedule conferences will be available on the district website, in the included attachment, and through Skyward Family Access. Conference scheduling will open on Wednesday, October 11, and will be available through October 27.

    If parents have any questions regarding conference scheduling, or if you are a non-native English speaker and require translation services, please contact Ms. Ali Wilhelm in the Student Services Office at 847-973-3419 or awilhelm@grantbulldogs.org

    We look forward to seeing you virtually at Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences.

    Conference Scheduling Guide - English
    Conference Scheduling Guide - Spanish

    Thank you,

    Dr. Jeremy Schmidt
    Principal


    September 2023

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!  We had an amazing kick-off to the school year with excellent attendance at Material Pick-up Days, Freshmen Orientation, and Parent University.  Moreover, our “Freshman Five” first day of school schedule and Red Carpet Welcome were a few strong ways to start off our new school year. 

    The building has a great feel to it this year, and with more than 468 incoming freshmen and over 1,828 total students enrolled, we certainly continue to be a big place.  Undoubtedly, the uniqueness of each individual contributes to the power of the whole community.

    As a school community, every year we learn, grow, and work to improve, and this year is an excellent example of that philosophy in action.  Student voices from forums like the Student Council, Keep It RED, Principal’s Advisory Council, Student Athletic Activities Leadership Committee, and National Honor Society have significantly shaped school-wide improvements to the campus.  Please ask your students about the new changes this year. 

    Some of these improvements are physical, tangible changes.  Students are getting used to the building’s new directional signage for our colored hallways and a new snack café that has been named by student vote as  “The Dawg Bowl.”  The hallway signage will help students navigate the halls, and The Dawg Bowl will be open daily to provide more food and drink options for students.  Moreover, select staff are piloting eHallpass, a digital version of a traditional, physical hall pass.  Students are beginning to become familiar with the system, and we are interested to see how the pilot progresses.

    If you have senior students, check in with them and ask if they’re part of “The RED Zone.”  Seniors who “Keep It RED” have schedules that don’t show study halls with assigned rooms.  Instead, they have the daily flexibility to report to multiple areas on campus to study, socialize, or grab a snack.  Eligibility for “The RED Zone” will be updated quarterly; so if your student isn’t eligible yet, encourage them to keep it respectful, engaged, and dependable to qualify next semester.  If your student isn’t in the RED Zone and believes they meet the criteria, please have them see their school counselor for an appeal form.

    Instructionally, this year again we are continuing to use Skyward as our Student Information System and Schoology as our learning management platform.  Parents have access to both systems, giving you access to your student’s academic progress.  Please contact our Technology Department with any access questions.  Both systems’ information give parents timely information and easy starting points to talk with your children about their school day.

    The excitement that comes with every new school year is tangible and real, and this year undoubtedly has a great feel to it.  We know that each and every student contributes in some way to the larger Grant community, and we look forward to all of the ways that individual students will embrace the opportunities and challenges that present themselves this school year.  So, I am confident speaking for the entire staff when I say that we look forward to all of the fantastic things that your student will accomplish this year!

    Keep It RED,

    Dr. Jeremy Schmidt
    Principal


    July 2023

    Welcome to the onset of the 2023-2024 school year!  With over 468 incoming freshmen and over 1,828 total students enrolled, we certainly continue to be a big place, and the uniqueness of each individual contributes to the power of the whole community.  Each and every member of our school contributes in some way, and we pride ourselves on offering a wide variety of opportunities for everyone.  There are many ways to get engaged, and this always begins with academics but also includes “saying yes” to new experiences offered in athletics and extracurriculars.  We know that students who try new activities and get engaged always have good experiences, and I am confident that there is something new outside of the classroom that every student can enjoy being involved in. 

    As a school community, every year we learn, grow, and work to improve, and this year is an excellent example of that philosophy in action.  Student voices from forums like Student Council, Keep It RED, Principal’s Advisory Council, Student Athletic Activities Leadership Committee, and National Honor Society have significantly shaped school-wide improvements which students will notice upon returning to campus.  Students will see physical changes to the building with new directional signage for our colored hallways and a new Bulldog Coffee Café that will be open from 7:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.  Moreover, qualifying seniors who “Keep It RED” will notice their schedules don’t show study halls with assigned rooms.  Instead, they will have the daily flexibility to report to multiple areas on campus to study, socialize, or grab a snack.  Eligibility for “The RED Zone” will be updated quarterly, so keep it respectful, engaged, and dependable!

    It all begins again on August 14, 2023, our first day of school.  This year again, freshmen will arrive on campus at the normal time for a regular start at 7:40 A.M.  Sophomores through seniors will not arrive on campus until the Flex Start time of 9:25 A.M.  Bussing will be provided for all students for both the regular and Flex Start times.  If sophomores, juniors, or seniors arrive on campus early you can wait in the Commons until 9:00 A.M.  Please check the school website for the 2023-24 bus routes and schedules.

    From 7:40 A.M. – 8:55 A.M., freshmen will follow “The Freshman Five” abbreviated bell schedule.  This time will allow freshmen to become comfortable with the building, follow their class schedule with only freshmen in the building, and meet their Big Dawg Mentors and teachers. At the conclusion of “The Freshman Five”, freshmen will join sophomores, juniors, and seniors to follow the 9:25 A.M. Flex Start schedule with all students present.  The day’s schedule is included with this letter. 

    I am confident speaking for the entire staff when I say that we look forward to all of the fantastic things that you will accomplish this year!  Prior to our first day, review your schedule and bring it with you the first day, enjoy the remainder of your summer, and plan on making this a great year!

    Keep It RED,

    Dr. Jeremy Schmidt
    Principal