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GCJHS Sign Language Club

Sign club will have a call out meeting on Tuesday, September 19th after school from 3:30-4:00.  Our meetings will be on Tuesdays, twice a month and the schedule will be handed out on the 19th.   Anyone who wants to learn to Talk with their Hands should come!!

Principal’s Update 8/14/17

News:

 

1.  We want our student body to be full of school spirit, so we distributed over 300 shirts to 7th grade students last week!  There is a shirt for every 7th grade student, so if your child did not get one, he/she can stop by the Student Services office and pick one up.  Our students get in free to all home junior high athletic events when they wear school colors.
2.  Picture order forms were distributed to students today.  You can also order online at www.mylifetouch.com  Picture Day ID: HM787055Y0
3.  The Solar Eclipse is coming August 21.  Our science department has secured enough ISO and AAS approved viewing glasses from approved vendor Rainbow Symphony, for our students to view the eclipse.  Students will bring home a permission slip.  If you decide that your child can participate, your child should bring in the signed permission slip and $1, to help pay for the glasses. Students will get to keep their glasses.  Participating students will be outside for about 45 minutes at the peak of the eclipse.   For more information, please see NASA’s webpage: https://t.co/vbZGoixMkq
4.  Our goal is for all students to successfully complete class assignments.  This Thursday, we will begin our weekly homework checks.  Students with three or more missing assignments in a class will be assigned a consequence by his/her teacher and a parent will be notified.  Students should be able to complete the assignments while serving the consequence.  We encourage students and parents to check powerschool regularly for missing assignments. Here is a link for more information about our completion of homework assurance plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dGdEwbQ-5f1PcR7nTAWfwlKXcpjx9sL30s3YWJ-PZzw/edit?usp=sharing
5.  NWEA Testing – Most students finished NWEA tests in Math, Science and Language Arts last week.  We will gather students for make-up tests this week.
6.  Remember to register for the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. www.DCin2018.com/greenfield
7.  Students in grades 7-12 will have three days throughout the school year when they can work from home.  Teachers will have professional development for half of the day and office hours to help students during the other half.   You may choose to send your child to school and we will have supervision planned.  The dates for the eLearning days are September 27, November 1, and January 31.  We will provide more details as it gets closer.
8.  We try to have very few school-wide fundraisers.  The big one for us is our walk-a-thon.  Rather than sell a product, we ask our students to seek donations in exchange for walking around the track.  This fundraiser enables us to support the Riley Children’s Hospital, provide incentives for students throughout the year, help to fund field trips, and supply our benevolence fund.  At the end of the week, students will be coming home with a donation envelope.  We hope that you will support our goal of raising at least $7 per student.
9.  We expect to have individual ISTEP results from the Indiana Department of Education on Wednesday. The parent access code letter will be available to parents on the PowerSchool parent portal.  When IDOE “releases” the reports this week, parents can use the access code to go into the Pearson site and see the student data as well.

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

August 15: Sister City Kakuda students visit GCJHS
August 18: Back to School Dance $3 admission 3:30pm-5:00pm
August 25: School Pictures
September 1: Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
September 27: eLearning Day

 

COUNSELOR CONNECTION
Managing the Middle School Transition Years

 

        Middle school years can be challenging for both parents and students.  There are so many things changing in your child’s life.  Students are entering into early adolescent where their bodies are experiencing many changes both chemically and physically.  Sometimes their groups of friends might change drastically.  Students are trying to find their place socially which sometimes can result in being more hurtful to each other. Students are developing more independence, but at the same time are expected to have more responsibilities at school and at home.  Students and parents are trying to navigate having different teachers for each subject area. Needless to say there are a lot of changes going on.
Here are a few ways you as a parent can support your child through these transition years.

 

1.     Understand that middle school is not elementary school. The middle school years are preparing your child for high school.
2.     Identify common fears of middle school students.  Talk through these fears with your child or seek the help of your child’s guidance counselor. For example, your student might say “What if I can’t get my locker open?”  You could then talk your student through ways to solve that problem.
3.     Help supervise the completion of homework and help your child manage their homework time.
4.     Be aware of and expect early adolescent changes in your child.
5.     Talk with your child about normal changes that occur during puberty.
6.     Encourage your child to get involved in some sort of extracurricular activity.
7.     Monitor and moderate social networking and internet usage.
8.     Insist on respect from your child and show respect to your child.
9.     Parents should consistently acknowledge and reward efforts at school.
10.  Most importantly parents should talk to their child and listen to them.
If you would like additional information, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor.
Mrs. Fortuna   efortuna@gcsc.k12.in.us – Students with the last name A-K
Mrs. Smith   rebsmith@gcsc.k12.in.us – Students with the last name L-Z

 

Reminders:

 

1.  Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning. The doors to the building will open at 8:20 a.m. each day.
2.  Breakfast is available to students every morning before school.
3.  Textbook Fees can be turned in anytime this month.  7th Grade fees are $150.62. 8th Grade fees are $149.05
4.  If you still want to purchase insurance for your child’s MacBook, it will need to be inspected at the time of payment.  This can be done during the school day. Insurance costs $50 and has a $40 deductible for each claim.

 

Connections:

 

We have multiple ways for you to obtain information regarding what’s happening at GCJHS.
Instagram- gc_jhs

Athletics-  Our competition schedule is available here: http://gcjhsathletics.weebly.com/team-schedules.html

 

Dan Jack
Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

 

Principal’s Update 8/2/17

It was a great first day of school!  Everyone (eventually) found all of their classes.  We reassured the students that in another day or two they will know the building well and wonder why they ever struggled to find their way around.  We were short on MacBooks this year, but we anticipate getting devices for all students later this week.

 

I want to remind parents that our Meet the Teachers night is tomorrow from 7pm to 8pm.  It is an open house style, so you can go to classes in any order and come any time between 7pm and 8pm. Please bring your child’s schedule so you can find your way.

 

Also, we will have a meeting tomorrow at 6pm for parents of 8th graders who may be interested in going on the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. in May, 2018.  A representative from the tour company will be there to explain the registration process.  Students may attend with their parents.

 

Practices for football, volleyball and cross country have started.  It’s not too late to come out for those teams.  Boys soccer, girls soccer and co-ed tennis practices will begin on Monday.  Students must have IHSAA physicals turned in to school before they can participate.

 

The lunch menu can be found on our website under “quick links” or follow this link.  Students are not allowed to charge meals or get an alternate meal if they do not have money in their account, so please check on their accounts regularly on EZ school pay.
 

 

Have a great week.

 

Mr. Jack, Principal

Greenfield Central Junior High

Principal’s Update 5/15/17

News:
1.  We took six charter buses filled with 251 students, parents and staff members to Washington, D.C. last week and we had a great time!  Thanks to all the parents who came along with us!
2. Here is this week’s installment of social media tips for parents of junior high students from Common Sense Media: https://d2e111jq13me73.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/6-12-familytip-boysgirlsandmediamessages_1.pdf
3. This afternoon, students who met their goal on their NWEA tests in all four areas will be given the link to sign up to go bowling on our last day of school.  Tuesday, students who met their goal in three areas will have the opportunity to sign up.  If there is still room, Wednesday, we will offer this link to students who met their goal in two areas, until all slots are filled. Students who do not go bowling will have opportunities to do different activities at school, including games in the gym, karaoke, board games, and a movie.
4. Student interested in participating in the talent show are encouraged to pick up an application in the Student Services Office.  Applications are due May 18 and auditions are after school on May 19.

Attention 8th grade parents:

1. All 8th grade students are encouraged to attend their awards program in the evening of May 25th, even if they are not going to receive an award.
2.  8th Grade Dance is Saturday, 7:30pm-10pm!  Students attending are asked to arrive between  7:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and may leave between 9:45 and 10:00 pm. Students will sign-in when they arrive.

Upcoming Dates:

May 16: 8th grade visit to the High School (8:30-2:00)
Parade of Bands @GCHS 7PM
May 20: 8th Grade Dance
May 25: 7th grade awards, 9 AM
     8th grade awards, 7 PM
     MacBook Collection
May 26: Last Student Day

Reminders:

  • Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day.
  • Please remember to check your child’s lunch account regularly.  The cashiers remind students when accounts are getting low.  You can log in to https://www.ezschoolpay.com/Login.aspx to manage lunch accounts and set a notification for low balances.   Students can also make deposits into their accounts with cash or checks in the lunch line.
  • Students will be permitted to come into the building beginning at 8:20 a.m. each morning. FOCUS (homework help) is available every day, starting at 7:30a.m. in room B151
Connect with us:
Twitter- @GCJHS_principal
Facebook – Greenfield Central Junior High School
Email- You will receive the GCJHS Parent Newsletter email weekly with news, information, and upcoming important dates.  If you talk to someone who is not receiving this weekly email, please have them sign up on our webpage!
Athletics-  Information can be found at http://gcjhsathletics.weebly.com   Our competition schedule is available here: http://gchscougars.com/ Click on “Junior High.”

Dan Jack, Principal

Greenfield Central Junior High

Principal’s Update 5/8/17

News:
1.  Students interested in participating in the talent show are encouraged to pick up an application in the Student Services Office.  Applications are due May 18 and auditions are after school on May 19.
2. The Choir Celebration Concert is Tuesday, May 9, at 7pm
3. The Percussion Concert will be at GCHS on May 11.
The Parade of Bands will be at GCHS on May 16.
4. GCJHS is working to be certified as a Common Sense Media Certified School.  Check out this tip sheet for online safety! https://d2e111jq13me73.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/6-12-familytip-onlinesecurity_3.pdf

Attention 8th grade parents:
1.  The trip to Washington, D.C. is just 3 days away!  If you have any last minute questions, email Mrs. Greene. bgreene@gcsc.k12.in.us
Students riding even numbered busses should arrive at 5:50pm, and those riding odd numbered busses should arrive at 6:00pm  Please note that students should be dropped off at the front doors.  Only travelers will be allowed in the classroom staging areas.  The busses will leave at 6:30pm.
2.  All 8th grade students are encouraged to attend their awards program in the evening of May 25th, even if they are not going to receive an award.
3.  8th Grade Dance tickets will be available for sale for $12.  Only GCJHS 8th graders are permitted to attend the dance.

Upcoming Dates:
May 9: Choir Celebration Concert
May 10-14: 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.
May 11: Percussion Concert @GCHS
May 16: 8th grade visit to the High School (8:30-2:00)
Parade of Bands @GCHS 7PM
May 20: 8th Grade Dance
May 25: 7th grade awards, 9 AM
     8th grade awards, 7 PM
     MacBook Collection
May 26: Last Student Day

Reminders:
1. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day.
2. Buy a yearbook at https://yearbookforever.com
3. Please remember to check your child’s lunch account regularly.  The cashiers remind students when accounts are getting low.  You can log in to https://www.ezschoolpay.com/Login.aspx to manage lunch accounts and set a notification for low balances.   Students can also make deposits into their accounts with cash or checks in the lunch line.
4. Students will be permitted to come into the building beginning at 8:20 a.m. each morning. FOCUS (homework help) is available every day, starting at 7:30a.m. in room B151
Connect with us:
Twitter- @GCJHS_principal
Facebook – Greenfield Central Junior High School
Email- You will receive the GCJHS Parent Newsletter email weekly with news, information, and upcoming important dates.  If you talk to someone who is not receiving this weekly email, please have them sign up on our webpage!
Athletics-  Information can be found at http://gcjhsathletics.weebly.com   Our competition schedule is available here: http://gchscougars.com/ Click on “Junior High.”

 

 

Dan Jack, Principal
Greenfield Central Junior High

Principal’s Update 4/3/17

News:
1. This weekend GCJHS hosted the annual Spring Organization Festival for the Indiana State School Music Association.  All five of our school’s bands and choirs performed and all of them earned a Gold rating from the judges!
2. Report cards are available in the Parent PowerSchool account.  If you have any questions about your child’s grade, please call or email the teacher.
3. Greenfield-Central’s Athletic Physical Night will take place on Wednesday, April 5th at Parkway Medical Center (behind Hancock Regional Hospital) in the Anderson Family Practice office.
                            There are only 6 providers participating and only 91 spots available.
                            They will be giving sports physicals only and the fee will be $48 per student-athlete.
                           A parent/guardian must be present with the IHSAA form filled out and in hand.

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your son or daughter who will be entering the 7th grade thru the 12th grade in the Fall please contact the High School Athletic Office at 462-9195.  Times range from 5:00 to 9:00 on the 5th.

 4. Local artist, Chris Sickels, will be conducting an illustration and stop-motion animation workshop for interested GCJHS students today, after school until 5:15pm.  Students can register with Mrs. Holden.

Upcoming Dates:
April 3: Chris Sickels Art Workshop after school
April 5: Battle of the Books competition at the Hancock County Public Library
April 6: Spring school pictures and spring sports pictures
April 17:  ISTEP Part 2 Testing Window Opens
April 20: Spring Fine Arts Festival (Band and Choir)
April 25: Spring Play
April 28: Strings Concert
May 9: Choir Concert
May 10-14: 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.
May 16: 8th Grade visit to the High School (8:30-2:00)
Parade of Bands @GCHS 7PM
May 20: 8th Grade Dance
May 25: 7th grade awards, 9 AM
  8th grade awards, 7 PM
May 26: Last Student Day

Reminders:
Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20 a.m.
Buy a yearbook at https://yearbookforever.com.
Please remember to check your child’s lunch account regularly.  The cashiers remind students when accounts are getting low.  You can log in to https://www.ezschoolpay.com/Login.aspx to manage lunch accounts and set a notification for low balances.   Students can also make deposits into their accounts with cash or checks in the lunch line.
Students will be permitted to come into the building beginning at 8:20 a.m. each morning. FOCUS (homework help) is available every day, starting at 7:30a.m. in room B151

Connect with us:
Twitter- @GCJHS_principal
Facebook – Greenfield Central Junior High School
Email- You will receive the GCJHS Parent Newsletter email weekly with news, information, and upcoming important dates.  If you talk to someone who is not receiving this weekly email, please have them sign up on our webpage!
Athletics-  Information can be found at http://gcjhsathletics.weebly.com
Our competition schedule is available here: http://gchscougars.com/ Click on “Junior High.”

 

Dan Jack, Principal

Greenfield Central Junior High

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