Principal Updates

Principal’s Update 9/27/16

News:
1. If you would like to sign up to access the parent page for your child’s Google classroom, click the link to sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbl8PHAb_SSaFbGVcgls4Cfjz_gNLkiHlFVyPAWc98rK0ACA/viewform?c=0&w=1

 

2. We will be using ptcfast.com to register for parent-teacher conferences this year.  Start with your child’s schedule and go to this link:  https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Greenfield_Central_Junior_High_School
Choose the teacher(s) with whom you would like to set up a conference and choose the day and time from the available choices. Our conference dates this year are Thursday, October 27th and Thursday, November 3rd.

 

3. Just 4 school days left in the first quarter!  Students will be taking quarterly assessments this week.  Look for study materials to come home (or digitally in Google Classroom.)

 

4. PTO will meet Wednesday in the cafeteria at 5pm. All are invited to attend!

 

5. Textbook statements will be mailed this week. Thanks to all who have paid already!

 

Reminders:
  1. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): Meets the last Wednesday of each month in the school cafeteria! Please consider joining!
  2. 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.
  3. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20 a.m.
  4. Textbook Fees can be turned in to the front office.  7th Grade fees are $150.26    8th Grade fees are $149.47

Upcoming Dates:
September 28: PTO Meeting 5pm
October 3-14: Fall Break
November 16 and February 8: Elearning days (students work from home)

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

Principal’s Update 9/19/16

News:
1. The Fall Fine Arts Festival is tonight!  You can park in the front and back of the building and admission is $2. We expect a big crowd, so come early and enjoy the student artwork on display before the program.
2. We will be collecting envelopes for our school-wide fundraiser through Thursday.  Our goal is for each student to get $7 in donations.  It looks like Thursday will be a nice day!

3. Just 10 school days left in the first quarter!  Students will be taking quarterly assessments next week.  Look for study materials to come home (or digitally in Google Classroom.)

4. As we wait for ISTEP reports from the State, we continue to look to NWEA assessment for “real-time” information.  Teachers are looking at the results and adjusting their curriculum to meet students’ needs.  Most students have met with their math, English and science teachers to look at their scores and set goals for the year.  A special committee of teachers and students is working to create guidelines for a special event we will have for students who show growth.  Stay tuned for more information!

5. Today is the day we kick off our campaign supporting the Imagination Library!  Imagination Library delivers a book monthly to each enrolled child until their fifth birthday.  At Greenfield-Central, our theme for this week  is “Give 1”.   If each of us will give just one dollar (10 dimes, 4 quarters) – we could give Imagination Library to 36 children for all 5 years.  Students can donate at lunch time.
6. We will be using an online software program to register for parent-teacher conferences. More information about this program will be in next week’s newsletter. Our conference dates this year are Thursday, October 27th and Thursday, November 3rd.

Reminders:
  1. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): Meets the last Wednesday of each month in the school cafeteria! Please consider joining!
  2. Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning.  The doors to the building will be open beginning at 8:20a.m. each day.
  3. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20a.m.
  4. Textbook Fees can be turned in to the front office.  7th Grade fees are $150.26    8th Grade fees are $149.47

Upcoming Dates:

September 19: Fall Fine Arts Festival (6:00 PM Bands, 7:00 Strings, 7:30 PM Choirs)
September 22: Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
October 3-14: Fall Break
November 16 and February 8: Elearning days (students work from home)

Connections:

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

Principal’s Update 9/12/16

News:
1. This week, is Digital Citizenship Week. Below is a chart with the theme for each day, the dress up day suggestion, and a link for a parent resource.  Students will watch a short video each day with a digital citizenship lesson.  Please take some time to look over the parent resources and discuss this important topic with your child.
2. Thanks to some grant money, Greenfield DARE Officer, Steve McCarley, is able to bring in a speaker for our students on Thursday.  Many students will recognize Retro Bill from the DARE picnic in past years.  Retro Bill is an energetic performer who will have the students’ attention throughout the hour.  He will talk about conflict resolution and how to combat bullying, as well as making good choices in regards to drugs, tobacco and alcohol.
3. School pictures are this Friday, September 16. You can log in to LifeTouch and order picture packages now with code HM786146Y0.  Packets were sent home as well.   Athletics pictures will be Friday, after school.
4. We will start collecting envelopes for our school-wide fundraiser on Friday.  Students can also turn in donations next week up to the walk-a-thon.  Our goal is for each student to get at least $7 in donations.
5. The deadline to sign up for the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is Thursday, September 15.  If you think you and/or your child may want to go, please sign up.  It is much easier to remove you from the list than it is to add you later.  Here is the link with more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dRJz_85Ey24IhzibB08VaQcumEdSuVxI4A_pjKYTQRU/edit?usp=sharing–   Email Mrs. Betsy Greene with any questions.  bgreene@gcsc.k12.in.us

 

Reminders:
  1. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): Meets the last Wednesday of each month in the school cafeteria! Please consider joining!
  2. Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning.  The doors to the building will be open beginning at 8:20a.m. each day.
  3. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20a.m.
  4. Textbook Fees can be turned in to the front office.  7th Grade fees are $150.26    8th Grade fees are $149.47
Upcoming Dates:
September 15: Retro Bill Convocation
September 16: School Pictures and Athletic Team Pictures
September 19: Fall Fine Arts Festival (6:00 PM Bands, 7:00 Strings, 7:30 PM Choirs)
September 22: Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
October 3-14: Fall Break
November 16 and February 8: Elearning days (students work from home)

 

Connections:
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.”

Digital Citizenship Week

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Theme of the Day
Focus on Digital Citizenship
Digital Citizenship is a Team Effort
Your Digital Identity
Be Upstanding
Rights, Remixes, and Responsibilities
Spirit Day
Sunglasses
Team Day (superheroes, sports, etc)
Twins, Emoticons
Silly Socks
Works of Art: It’s Picture Day! Dress for your Portrait!
Parent Info

 

Counseling Connection
During September we kick off College Go! Week. Although it may seem like it is too soon to be preparing for your student’s life after high school it will be here before you know it.  College Go! Week at the Junior High is about students becoming aware of the different options they have for their future.  It is not just for students who plan to go to a college or university.  If you would like to learn more about what you can be doing to prepare for your student’s future please click on the links below.
7th and 8th Grade College and Career Checklist
Learn more about what your 7th grader can be doing to prepare for their future.
Learn More Indiana
Learn more about College, Careers and Costs.
Twenty-First Century Scholars
Learn more about the Twenty-First Century Scholars Program.  If you are income eligible you should sign up during your student’s 7th or 8th grade school year.
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. Belcher  sbelcher@gcsc.k12.in.us – Students with the last name L-Z
*If you would like to be removed from this email list, please email “Stop” to gcjhs-parents-leave@listserv.gcsc.k12.in.us
Dan Jack, Principal
Greenfield Central Junior High

Principal’s Update 9/7/16

News:
1. School pictures are September 16. You can log in to LifeTouch and order picture packages now with code HM786146Y0.  Packets were sent home as well. Athletics pictures will be after school on this day.
2. The deadline to sign up for the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. is approaching.  If you think you and/or your child may want to go, please sign up.  You can be removed from the list, but it is difficult or sometimes not possible to add you later.  Here is the link with more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dRJz_85Ey24IhzibB08VaQcumEdSuVxI4A_pjKYTQRU/edit?usp=sharing–
3. We introduced the school-wide fundraiser to students on Friday. We will have a walk-a-thon on September 22. Students are asked to get donations for walking an hour. Donations go to Riley Children’s Hospital, student incentives, field trips, benevolence, and many other costs that come up throughout the year.  Students will have contests and incentives to get donations.  Our goal is for each student to get $7 in donations
4. This is Homecoming Week!  Students can wear sports themes/jerseys tomorrow and Friday is Blue and Gold Day.  Students must pay to get in to high school sporting events.
5. There is a homecoming parade that begins at 4:30pm on Friday.  
The parade route will be: Harris/GIS Parking lot to Oak Boulevard, to Park Avenue, to Noble Street, to North Street, to Broadway.  All entries will return to the Harris/GIS parking lot, where the parade started.    
 
Reminders:
  1. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): Meets the last Wednesday of each month in the school cafeteria! Please consider joining!
  2. Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning.  The doors to the building will be open beginning at 8:20a.m. each day.
  3. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20a.m.
  4. Textbook Fees can be turned in to the front office.  7th Grade fees are $150.26    8th Grade fees are $149.47
Upcoming Dates:
September 16: School Pictures and Athletic Team Pictures
September 22: Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
September 28: PTO Meeting
October 3-14: Fall Break
November 16 and February 8: Elearning days (students work from home)

 

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

Principal’s Update 8/29/16

News:
  1. Correction! Greenfield Central Junior High and Greenfield-Central High School were approved by the State of Indiana to have two eLearning days. On these days, students will stay home and complete school work.  Teachers will have training for ½ of the day and office hours to answer student questions and offer feedback on student work for the other ½ day.  There will be an opportunity for students to come to school on these days if they do not have internet access.  The eLearning days are scheduled for November 16 and February 8.
  1. You can log in to LifeTouch and order picture packages now with code HM786146Y0.  Packets will be sent home soon. Pictures are September 16.
  1. The Beginning of Year NWEA testing is complete and we are getting a first look at the data. Over 20,000 students participate in the NWEA testing across the country. There is more work to do, but we are very pleased with the tests this fall! Here are some highlights of the results so far:
     
    8th Grade
    83% of 8th graders scored at or above the national average in math.
    44 students scored in the 90th percentile in reading
     
    7th Grade
    The average score for 7th graders was more than 3 points higher than the national average in reading.
    81 students scored in the top 20% of the nation in Language Arts.
  1. McKinney-Vento Act – Our school corporation is required to send out the link to the Residency Form to each family twice a year.  The information received from this form will be kept confidential and will be used by the corporation’s McKinney-Vento liaison to assist with outreach to families.  If you feel the information you provide in the form would be beneficial for the school corporation to know, please complete the link by clicking here.
  2. Parent Teacher Organization (PTO): Meets the last Wednesday of each month in the school cafeteria! Please consider joining!
Reminders:
  1. Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning.  The doors to the building will be open beginning at 8:20a.m. each day.
  2. 8th Grade Trip to Washington DC: Registration is open until September 15, 2016 so if you plan to go, register ASAP! Please see this information sheet for more details on the 8th grade trip to Washington DC: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dRJz_85Ey24IhzibB08VaQcumEdSuVxI4A_pjKYTQRU/edit?usp=sharing–
  3. 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.
  4. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20a.m.
  5. Please register your Marsh Fresh Idea cards in the Fresh Ideas for Education program.  Our goal is 200 cards by Labor Day.  Please take a couple minutes to sign up your card.  We use the points from Marsh to buy supplies and materials for the classrooms!   Go to http://www.freshideasforeducation.com and enter our school code: 49955
  6. Textbook Fees can be turned in anytime this month.  7th Grade fees are $150.26    8th Grade fees are $149.47
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 $59.70 and has a $50 deductible for each claim.

Upcoming Dates:
September 5: Labor Day – No School
September 16: School Pictures and Athletic Team Pictures

Connections:
We have multiple ways for you to obtain information regarding what’s happening at GCJHS.
Website- http://gcjhs.gcsc.k12.in.us/  (We just hired our webmaster for the school year, so we hope to have it updated by the end of the week!)
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.”
If you would like to be removed from this email list, please email “Stop” to gcjhs-parents-leave@listserv.gcsc.k12.in.us
Dan Jack, Principal
Greenfield Central Junior High

Letter to Parents – MAP Test Results

Dear Parent:

Your child’s Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test results are now available in the parent portal of PowerSchool, under “Student Progress Center.” These tests determine your child’s instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Language Arts, math and science.

MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child took on a computer. That means that the test became more difficult the more questions your child answered correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level. In addition, your child should have had the opportunity to learn the information presented on the test because the tests are aligned with the Indiana State Standards.

Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade.  Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention for your child’s learning.

I hope you find the NWEA reports informative. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school counselor or administrator at 317-477-4616.

For more information on resources for parents, go to www.nwea.org/resources

Thank you for taking an active interest in your child’s education.

Sincerely,

 

 

Mr. Dan Jack

Principal

Principal’s Update 08/01/16

School is back in session!  We are thrilled to have your child at Greenfield Central Junior High School for the 2016-17 school year!  It is our hope that you and your child have a great educational experience this year.  In order to communicate the latest news, we will send out weekly newsletters and occasional mid-week updates.

News:
1.  It is important to us that students are safe at school.  We have a few safety precautions to know:
A. All visitors coming beyond the main office will need state I.D. to create a visitor badge.
B. The parking lot can get busy!  Please do not have your student cross traffic to get to/from your car.  Please be considerate of others and keep the drop-off/pick-up line moving quickly.
C. Athletes should be picked up from practices in the front lot.

2. Tomorrow evening is our Meet Your Child’s Teachers Night. It will be open house style, so you can come and follow your child’s schedule to meet teachers at your pace.  The evening will go from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

3. Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning. The doors to the building will be open beginning at 8:20a.m. each day.

4. Attention 8th Grade Parents! Each spring we take 250+ 8th graders and parents to Washington, D.C.  This year, we will go May 10-14, 2017.  There is an important informational meeting with the tour company on Tuesday, August 2, at 6:00pm, in the cafeteria.

5. Most athletic practices/tryouts begin today!  Students must have a current physical on file to participate.  Our competition schedule is available at this website http://gchscougars.com/ and click on “Junior High.”

6. We encourage students to attend athletic events.  Any GCJHS student who wears school colors will be admitted for free to our junior high home events.  We have class T-shirts for every 7th grade student.  They can pick them up at home football or volleyball games for the next two weeks.

7. Breakfast is available to students every morning before school.

8. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 2 minute web task.  We use the points from Marsh to buy supplies and materials for the classroom!  Go to http://www.freshideasforeducation.com and enter our school code: 49955

9. Textbook Fees can be turned in anytime this month.  7th Grade fees are $150.26    8th Grade fees are 149.47
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 $59.70 and has a $50 deductible for each claim.

10. Students are watching a series of “MacBook Bootcamp” videos this week during classes.  We will have a link to these videos on our webpage by the end of the week, so you can view and go over them with your child, if you wish.

Upcoming Dates:
August 2: 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C. information meeting 6:00-6:30pm (cafeteria)
August 2: Meet Your Child’s Teachers Night 6:30pm-8:00pm (open house style)
August 4: Athletic Information Night for parents 7:00pm
August 16: Sister City Kakuda students visit GCJHS

We have multiple ways for you to obtain information regarding what’s happening at GCJHS.
Website- http://gcjhs.gcsc.k12.in.us/  (We just hired our webmaster for the school year, so we hope to have it updated by the end of the week!)
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!

Dan Jack

Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

ISTEP Results

Parents,

Spring 2016 ISTEP+ results for students in grades 3-8 will be available for parents to review beginning on Monday, July 18th.  To access the results, use the Powerschool Parent Portal. There, you will find directions (including a unique “Claim Code” for your child) to view your child’s scores in the ISTEP+ Parent Portal.  A guide to the  ISTEP+ Parent Portal is also posted on the Powerschool Parent Portal for your assistance.  Should you have additional questions, the school office will reopen on Monday, July 18th.
*NOTE: Parents have until August 12th to request a rescore of Part 1 – Applied Skills test answers.