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G-C eLearning Day

➢ Wednesday, September 26, will be an eLearning Day for all Greenfield-Central Students, K-12

➢ Students learn at home, via online lessons delivered through Google Classroom, Moodle, or SeeSaw; while Teachers have Professional Development Learning at school.

➢ Students need to be prepared to complete their lessons on the eLearning Day, and submit any assigned work the next class day. If students do not have internet access when off school campus, they will download their work prior to leaving the school on Tuesday.

➢ There are opportunities to visit local spots with free wifi if there isn’t any at home, such as Hancock County Public Library, Starbucks, McDonalds, and Lincoln Square.

For Tech Support on the eLearning Day, please call (317)477-4111 to speak with our Help Desk.

Teachers will be available during the following office hours on Wednesday, September 26: Elementary Schools – Office Hours 12:00pm-3:00pm Intermediate Schools – Office Hours – 8:00am-11:00am GCJHS – Office Hours – 8:30am-11:30am G-CHS – Office Hours – 12:30pm-3:30pm

EACH STUDENT MUST HAVE AN RSVP SUBMITTED HERE: powerschool.gcsc.k12.in.us

or if you are unable to fill this out online, please call your school building.

For more information regarding G-C eLearning Days, please visit http://bit.do/gcelearn

Principal’s Update 08/20/18

News:

  1. School pictures are Friday!  Students were given their picture packets today.  If they didn’t make it home, or you prefer to order online.  Students in Wellness classes will be allowed to get their pictures before changing for class. https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/pictureDayId/HM788070Y0
  2. Fall Sports pictures will be after school on Friday. Coaches will provide more details and order forms.
  3. Sign up for the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC!  The deadline to register is September 15. https://gogmt.com/greenfield-central-washington-dc/
  4. This Friday after school the GCJHS Student Council will host the first annual Water Wars!  Wednesday through Friday, students may pay $3 and sign up at lunch! Those who wish to participate in an Ice Bucket Challenge may pick up pledge forms at lunch too!  They will have a giant water slide, water relay races and games, and water gun fights! Students may bring their own water guns, but must keep them in their lockers during school.  Students should wear a regular gym t-shirt and shorts as well as tennis shoes, and a towel and plan to have fun!  They will serve popsicles too! Proceeds go to Riley Children’s Hospital!

Reminders:

  1. We encourage students to attend our athletic events.  Any GCJHS student who wears school colors will be admitted for free to our junior high home events.
  2. We will have three eLearning Days this year, where students will work from home and teachers will keep office hours.  The dates are September 26, November 1, and January 30.
  3. School days cancelled due to weather will also be eLearning days this year.
  4. Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning. The doors to the building will be open beginning at 8:20 a.m. each day.
  5. Breakfast is available to students every morning before school.
  6. Textbook Fees can be turned in anytime this month. $150.12 for 7th grade and $149.05 for 8th grade.

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.

Upcoming Dates:

August 24: School Pictures/ Sports Pictures

September 3: Labor Day (No School)

September 15: Washington DC signup deadline

September 26: eLearning Day

Connections:

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

Website- http://gcjhs.gcsc.k12.in.us/

Twitter- @GCJHS_principal

Facebook – Greenfield Central Junior High School

Instagram- gc_jhs

Email- You can sign up on our webpage to receive the GCJHS Parent Newsletter email weekly with news, information, and upcoming important dates.

PowerSchool App- Get up-to-date grades for your child, missing or incomplete assignments, attendance and school announcements.  Search for “PowerSchool Mobile” in your App Store. Once you download the app, you can search by school or type in school code 3125.

Clubs:

There have been callout meetings for several clubs this past week.  Here are the groups and the staff contact:

Art Club- Mrs. Holden mholden@gcsc.k12.in.us

AOK Club- Ms. Waymire dwaymire@gcsc.k12.in.us

Builders Club- Mr. Uhl and Mr. Richardville nuhl@gcsc.k12.in.us arichardville@gcsc.k12.in.us

Friendship Bracelet Club kcircle@gcsc.k12.in.us

Prism Club- Miss Flores hflores@gcsc.k12.in.us

Robotics Club- Mr. Statzer jstatzer@gcsc.k12.in.us

Spell Bowl- Mr. Jankowski hjankowski@gcsc.k12.in.us

Student Council- Mrs. Greene bgreene@gcsc.k12.in.us

TV News- Mr. Spencer jspencer@gcsc.k12.in.us

Athletics:  

Events this week:

Monday, Aug. 20:

  1. Boys’ Soccer @ Southport — 5:30pm
  2. Girls’ Soccer @ Southport — approx. 6:45pm
  3. Cross Country @ Greensburg Invitational — 6:00pm

Tuesday, Aug. 21:

7th/8th Volleyball vs. Tri — 5:30pm

Thursday, Aug. 23:

  1. 7th/8th Volleyball vs. Knightstown — 5:30pm
  2. Cross Country vs. Raymond Park — 5:00pm
  3. 7th/8th Football @ Eastern Hancock — 6:00pm
  4. Tennis @ Pendleton Heights — 5:30pm

Saturday, Aug. 25:

Tennis @ Waldron Invitational — 9:00am

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 at the bottom of our webpage http://gcjhs.gcsc.k12.in.us

If you would like to be removed from this email list, please email “Stop” to gcjhs-parents-leave@listserv.gcsc.k12.in.us

 

Mr. Jack

Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

Principal’s Update 8/10/18

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 at the bottom of our webpage http://gcjhs.gcsc.k12.in.us

If you would like to be removed from this email list, please email “Stop” to gcjhs-parents-leave@listserv.gcsc.k12.in.us

News:

  1. We had a great crowd for our Meet the Teacher Night last week!  If you weren’t able to come, please feel free to call or email your child’s teachers with questions or concerns.

  2. We will have our Washington DC 8th grade trip information meeting this Thursday, 6pm-7pm.

  3. We began NWEA testing today.  We use the data to help guide our instruction.  There are four tests: reading, language, math, and science. The tests are adaptive in nature, which means the questions on the test get more difficult or simpler depending upon if the student gets the questions correct or not.  We take our NWEA tests three times a year (August, December and May.) There is a letter from Dr. Olin and Mrs. Vail attached to this email explaining further details.

  4. Students successfully completed the MacBook “bootcamp” training last week.  They should all be well-informed about their devices as well as school rules.

  5. We encourage students to attend our athletic events.  Any GCJHS student who wears school colors will be admitted for free to our junior high home events.  We will pass out school T-shirts to every 7th grade student who has not already received it, at lunch this week.

  6. We will have three eLearning Days this year, where students will work from home and teachers will keep office hours.  The dates are September 26, November 1, and January 30.

  7. School days cancelled due to weather will also be eLearning days this year.  We will have more details on how this works later this fall

Reminders:

  1. Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning. The doors to the building will be open beginning 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. $150.12 for 7th grade and $149.05 for 8th grade.

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.

Upcoming Dates:

August 6-10: NWEA testing

August 9: GCJHS Dairy Queen Night 4pm-9pm

    8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C. information meeting

August 10: Back to School Dance 3:30pm-5:00pm

August 14: Sister City Kakuda students visit GCJHS

August 24: School Pictures

Connections:

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

Website- http://gcjhs.gcsc.k12.in.us/

Twitter- @GCJHS_principal

Facebook – Greenfield Central Junior High School

Instagram- gc_jhs

Email- You can sign up on our webpage to receive the GCJHS Parent Newsletter email weekly with news, information, and upcoming important dates.

PowerSchool App- Get up-to-date grades for your child, missing or incomplete assignments, attendance and school announcements.  Search for “PowerSchool Mobile” in your App Store. Once you download the app, you can search by school or type in school code 3125.

Athletics– Mr. Sincroft is our Athletic Director at GCJHS

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

 

Have a great week!

Mr. Jack

Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

 

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