On behalf of the Graland Board of Trustees, I would like to extend a warm welcome back to all our parents, caregivers, faculty, administration and, most importantly, students. I would especially like to welcome new families to the Graland community for the 2018-19 academic year.
Just before the start of classes, we saw the campus come to life with teachers returning to classrooms; parents and kids excited for conferences, advisory gatherings, and new surroundings; and the facilities and maintenance staff putting final touches on a number of summer projects ensuring our campus stays in top form. You’ve likely notice new lighting and shades in the Gates Middle School Building, new carpet and flooring in various buildings, new sod and improved drainage on the playground, among other improvements.
As we enter the second year of our five-year strategic plan, the school is in a very strong position with enrollment at capacity, facilities that are state-of-the-art and a faculty that is enthusiastic, diverse and dedicated to excellence in the classroom. The Graland Country Day School Foundation just celebrated its 25th anniversary; the Foundation manages the school’s substantial endowment and contributes more than $1.2 million to the school’s operating budget on an annual basis.
Your Board of Trustees has three new members. Together with the returning slate, we are embarking on a significant agenda for the year as we fulfill our responsibilities as fiduciaries, advancing the school’s strategic planning and continuing our generative thinking to keep Graland on the leading edge of academic institutions.
Graland is in an excellent position to continue its mission of fostering intellectual excellence and strong character so that our students become engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders. Personally, I am very excited about working with Josh Cobb, Head of School, and leading the Board of Trustees into what undoubtedly will be another memorable year.
Now, after a few weeks back to school, we can all take a collective sigh of relief and enjoy the learning and growth ahead. Ascende omnem montem.
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.