Principal Updates

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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

 

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

Principal’s Update 3/6/17

We have just one week left in the quarter! We will be busy this week making up missed ISTEP tests and preparing for Quarterly Assessments. Students should be studying a little each night in preparation for the tests beginning on Thursday.

Attachments:
March Lunch Menu
8th Grade Dance Letter
Circus Information
Technology Recycling

News:
1. Congratulations to the 8th grade Jazz Band for earning a Gold Rating at the ISSMA Jazz Festival. Katie S. and Maggie D. were also recognized as outstanding soloists.

2. Auditions for GCJHS Drama production of ‘Young Sherlock’ will be held in the choir room on Tuesday, March 7th from 3:30-5:00pm. Students can pick up information outside the Choir room.

3. The Student Council is sponsoring March Madness Dodgeball Tournament after school on Thursday. Students can create teams of six and compete in a bracket-style tournament. Entry fees are $3 per person.

Upcoming Dates:
March 9: Quarterly Assessments -Math, Social Studies, 2nd floor Related Arts
March 10: Quarterly Assessments -Language Arts, Science, 1st floor Related Arts
March 13-24: Spring Break (Weather Make-Up Days During First Five Days – if needed)
March 31: Quarter 3 report cards available
April 3: Chris Sickels Art Workshop after school
April 6: Spring sports pictures
April 17: ISTEP Part 2 Testing Window Opens
April 20: Spring Fine Arts Festival
May 10-14: 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.
May 20: 8th Grade Dance
May 25: 7th grade awards, 9 AM
8th grade awards, 7 PM

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:
Website- http://gcjhs.gcsc.k12.in.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 2/27/17

News:
1. Parents of 8th grade students, it is time to begin scheduling for high school! Please sign up for a scheduling appointment through the Parent Powerschool Portal. Students and parents can also schedule their classes online ahead of their scheduled appointment through the PowerSchool portal.
2. Here is the schedule for ISTEP testing this week:
Tuesday, February 28- Math testing during students’ math classes (paper and pencil tests).
Wednesday, March 1- Language Arts, Section 1 testing during students’ ELA classes (online).
Thursday, March 2– Language Arts, Section 2 testing during students’ ELA classes (online).
*7th grade Quest and Honors students will test in the cafeteria during 1st and 2nd periods.  8th grade Quest and Honors students will test in the cafeteria during 6th and 7th periods.
Friday, March 3- 7th Grade Social Studies testing and 8th grade students in Biology 1 during students’ respective classes.
3. Happy Birthday to Hancock County on March 1!
4. Spring sports are starting up! Athletes must have a physical on file before they can practice. Parents must also fill out RankOne documents here: http://gcjhsathletics.weebly.com/important-documents.html For up to date information on athletic teams tryouts, please go to http://gcjhsathletics.weebly.com
5. I sent this information out on Friday.  Please fill out the survey if you have not already.  Greenfield-Central CSC is applying for the  Lilly Endowment’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students grant program. As a part of the our grant application we need to survey parents to identify areas of need. Please complete this survey by March 3, 2017.
 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IYI_Lilly_Counseling_2017

 

 

Upcoming Dates:
February 28:  ISTEP Part 1 Testing Begins
March 9: Quarterly Assessments -Math, Social Studies, 2nd floor Related Arts
March 10: Quarterly Assessments -Language Arts, Science, 1st floor Related Arts
March 13-24: Spring Break (Weather Make-Up Days During First Five Days – if needed)
March 31: Quarter 3 report cards available
April 3: Chris Sickels Art Workshop after school
April 6: Spring sports pictures
April 17:  ISTEP Part 2 Testing Window Opens
April 20: Spring Fine Arts Festival
May 10-14: 8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.
May 20: 8th Grade Dance
May 25: 7th grade awards, 9 AM
8th grade awards, 7 PM

 

ISTEP+ testing February 28th – March 3rd
ISTEP TIPS FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS

 

Test Taking Tips for Students:
*Read the question and directions carefully before you look at the answers.
*Eliminate answers you know aren’t right.
*If you do not know the answer, make a smart guess and select an answer.
*Mark your answers carefully.
*Make sure you work at a pace that will give you enough time to finish the test. Do not spend too much time on particularly hard questions. If you have time left, go back and check your answers.

 

Test Taking Tips for Parents/Guardians:
*Praise your child for the things he or she does well, and be supportive of his or her efforts, especially in areas or activities that are challenging. Kids who feel good about themselves and their abilities – and who aren’t fearful about making mistakes – will feel more confident and less anxious when taking the test.
*Talk with your child about what they’re doing in class and ask what he or she is reading. Studies show that kids who talk with their families on a weekly basis about school and what they read score higher on the national standardized reading test than kids who talk about these things with their families less often.
*Limit your child’s TV time. Studies show that kids who watch fewer than three hours of television a day scored higher on the national reading test than those who watch more.

Express a positive attitude about the test and confidence in your child’s ability to do well on it. Research shows that parents’ and teachers’ attitudes influence.

 

Dan Jack, Principal
Greenfield Central Junior High

Principal’s Update 2/13/17

News:
1. Don’t forget tonight is the On the Road to High School meeting for 8th grade students and their parents at the High School.  6:00-7:00 pm is open house style in the cafeteria for students to see all the extra-curricular opportunities available next year.  Everyone will meet in the auditorium at 7:00pm for a presentation about the high school scheduling process.  Starting tomorrow Tuesday, February 14th you will be able to sign up for a high school scheduling appointment. You will need to sign up for an appointment through the Parent Powerschools Portal. Please see the attached document regarding all the On the Road to High School dates for 8th graders.
2. ISTEP is just around the corner.   We are confident that our students are prepared for ISTEP!  Please try to avoid appointments during this week.  See below for some ISTEP week tips.
3. Random Acts of Kindness Week – This is Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Random Acts of Kindness is a national program and many different ideas can be found at www.randomactsofkindness.org.   Our newly formed AOK club (Acts of Kindness Club) has some great things planned!
4. Track and Field conditioning will begin on Monday, February 27th. We’re going to practice Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday before Spring Break, and start full week practices after break. Please make sure to fill out RANK ONE paperwork and get a physical. See Mrs. Sangiorgio if you have questions.

 

Upcoming Dates:
February 13: On the Road to High School – 8th Graders and their parents- open house 6pm-7pm, parent meeting 7pm
February 20: President’s Day (NO SCHOOL) – Snow Make-up Day (if needed)
February 22: NAEP Testing for selected 8th grade students
February 27:  ISTEP Part 1 Testing Window Opens
March 13-24: Spring Break (Weather Make-Up Days During First Five Days – if needed)
April 17:  ISTEP Part 2 Testing Window Opens

ISTEP+ testing February 28th – March 3rd
ISTEP TIPS FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS


Test Taking Tips for Students:
  • Read the question and directions carefully before you look at the answers.
  • Eliminate answers you know aren’t right.
  • If you do not know the answer, make a smart guess and select an answer.
  • Mark your answers carefully.
  • Make sure you work at a pace that will give you enough time to finish the test. Do not spend too much time on particularly hard questions. If you have time left, go back and check your answers.
Test Taking Tips for Parents/Guardians:
  • Praise your child for the things he or she does well, and be supportive of his or her efforts, especially in areas or activities that are challenging. Kids who feel good about themselves and their abilities – and who aren’t fearful about making mistakes – will feel more confident and less anxious when taking the test.
  • Talk with your child about what they’re doing in class and ask what he or she is reading. Studies show that kids who talk with their families on a weekly basis about school and what they read score higher on the national standardized reading test than kids who talk about these things with their families less often.
  • Limit your child’s TV time. Studies show that kids who watch fewer than three hours of television a day scored higher on the national reading test than those who watch more.
  • Express a positive attitude about the test and confidence in your child’s ability to do well on it. Research shows that parents’ and teachers’ attitudes influence children’s attitudes. So if you’re upbeat and encouraging about the test, your child is likely to feel good about it.
  • Encourage your child to read-newspapers, magazines, food labels, recipes, letters, and instructions, in addition to fiction and non-fiction books. Test makers draw on a wide variety of formats when choosing items to evaluate reading comprehension skills.
  • Reassure your child that test scores are only one measure of his or her abilities, not the whole picture. Don’t judge your child on the basis of his or her test score.
  • Please help us by making sure your child has good school attendance every day for the test.
  • Ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before the test and eats a nutritious breakfast.

 

Reminders:
1. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20 a.m.
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. With cold temperatures heading our way, please make sure your child wears a coat.  If temperatures dip below freezing, students will be permitted to come into the building beginning at 8:00 a.m.  FOCUS (homework help) is available every day, starting at 7:30a.m. in room B151
5. Sixty-three 8th grade students were chosen for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The notification letters were sent out last week.  Please contact Mrs. Belcher or Mr. Jack with any questions.

 

Connect with us:
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-  Our competition schedule is available here: http://gchscougars.com/ Click on “Junior High.”

Dan Jack, Principal
Greenfield Central Junior High

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