Messages from the Principals

Welcome Messages from the Two Principals of GCAA

GCAA is comprised of both an Upper Academy and and Lower Academy, and each Academy is led by its own Principal.  They both welcome you to Grand Center Arts Academy.

Welcome Message from Ms. Gina Bell-Moore of the Upper Academy.

July 2017

Hello Upper Academy Families!

On behalf of the dedicated staff at Grand Center Arts Academy, I want to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! As the new principal of the Upper Academy, representing grades 9-12, I’m excited to be part of the GCAA family and I eagerly anticipate the start of school. Like me, there will be some new faces, but rest assured, I bring years of experience in secondary education, and we have hired highly qualified teachers who bring a wealth of experience and expertise. We look forward to working collaboratively with each one of you to carry out the mission of Grand Center Arts Academy.

Over the summer, we were busy preparing for our students. Most importantly, we’ve had conversations focused on student achievement. As a result, our teachers will engage in ongoing professional development in research-based instructional strategies and Missouri Learning Standards, and will routinely analyze student achievement data. And, we will engage in professional development that emphasizes establishing and maintaining positive relationships with students.

We have examined ways to encourage our students to pay close attention to their tardiness. Arriving to school on time ensures that students will be present for instruction, and being on time minimizes the disruption that being late to class can cause. As a school community, we must work together to minimize being late to school. Please share any ideas you have; your input is valued.

Parents, we welcome you to become involved at GCAA in some capacity, such as being a volunteer, attending events, visiting classrooms, etc. Research shows that when parents and guardians participate in their child’s school, children are more likely to earn higher grades, enroll in higher level classes, have better social skills, attend school regularly, and graduate and go on to post-secondary education.

Grand Center Arts Academy is a unique place where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their academic abilities and showcase their unique gifts and talents. Let’s work together to help them become the best students and citizens they can be. To do so, we must communicate with each other; I am a firm believer in communication, which is vital to creating partnerships. With that being said, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm regards,

Gina Bell-Moore
Principal, GCAA Upper Academy
gina.bellmoore@grandcenterartsacademy.org


Welcome Message from Ms. Rebecca Irving of the Lower Academy.

July 2017

Welcome to all Lower Academy Families,

On behalf of the dedicated staff at Grand Center Arts Academy, I want to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year! As the principal of the Lower Academy, representing grades 6-8, I’m excited to continue to be part of the GCAA family, and I eagerly anticipate the start of school. I’m starting my sixth year with GCAA and I cannot imagine being at any other school. The start of a new school year always includes new staff. We have hired highly qualified teachers who bring a wealth of experience and expertise. We look forward to working collaboratively with each one of you to carry out the mission of Grand Center Arts Academy.

Over the summer, we were busy preparing for our students. Most importantly, we’ve had conversations focused on student achievement. It is a priority that we increase student achievement. When a student is academically successful, it builds strong confidence in their character, which they take into adulthood. As a result, our teachers will engage in ongoing professional development in research-based instructional strategies and Missouri Learning Standards, and will routinely analyze student achievement data. We will also engage in professional development that emphasizes establishing and maintaining positive relationships with students.

We have discussed issues regarding students being late to school and possible solutions to improve attendance. Arriving to school on time ensures that students will be present for instruction, and it minimizes the disruption that being late to class can cause. As a school community, we must work together to minimize being late to school. Please share any ideas you have; your input is valued.

We welcome you to become involved in the GCAA Lower Academy in some capacity, such as being a volunteer during the school day, attending parent meetings, attending events, visiting classrooms, etc. Research shows that when parents or guardians participate in their child’s school, children are more likely to earn higher grades, enroll in higher level classes, have better social skills, attend school regularly, and graduate and go on to post-secondary education.

Grand Center Arts Academy is a wonderful and safe place where students have the opportunity to demonstrate their academic abilities and master their unique gifts and talents. We want everyone - including parents and guardians - to help them become the best students and citizens they can be. To do so, we must communicate with each other; I’m a strong advocate for communication, which is vital to developing productive partnerships. With that being said, please do not hesitate to contact me with an email or phone call. I will respond to you as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Rebecca L. Irving, MASL
Principal, GCAA Lower Academy
rebecca.irving@grandcenterartsacademy.org
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, be kind always”