Principal Updates

Principal’s Update 12/7/15

News:

1. We began administering the middle of year (MOY) NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Test this week. The test window will close on December 16th. Your child’s results will be available in the Powerschool Online Parent Portal on December 21st. As a reminder, the beginning of year test was taken later than we normally will, so students’ growth may not be as great as you will see in future results.

2. NEW ISTEP TEST INFORMATION: The Indiana Department Of Education is pleased to announce the ISTEP+ “Experience” opportunity is now available through Pearson. This will allow you to see sample technology enhanced questions and allow your child to practice. Please see below and refer to attachments 4 & 5 for more information on how to access.
> Introduction
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> Experience is presented via the Pearson online platform (TestNav 8) that will be used for ISTEP+ online testing, as well as IREAD-3 online testing. The purpose of Experience is for students, educators, parents, and community members to see how test items similar to those on the ISTEP+ Part 2 assessment are presented in the online system. Experience makes a great classroom-based activity! Please see the attached (#4 below) memorandum for more information.
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> Experience Answer Keys
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> The Experience Answer Keys document is attached to this email, and will be posted on the IDOE website. Parents and educators are welcome to use this document in working with students, as it is a non-secure resource.
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> An additional note….
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> ISTEP+ Practice Tests are coming in early January and are a REQUIRED part of the test administration. Presented via Pearson’s TestNav 8 platform, ISTEP+ Practice Tests are only available for use by educators with students.
3. Sister Cities of Greenfield offers a youth exchange program every year with an opportunity for students to travel to Kakuda, Japan in June, 2016. This opportunity is available to Greenfield-Central Junior High and High School students. Please see the attachment for more details! Students can pick up an application in the Student Services office.

4. GCJHS Swimming and Diving Club parent meeting is Tuesday, December 8 at the High School Aquatic Center. If your child is interested in participating in Swim Club, plan to attend.

5. Greenfield Central Aquatic Team Apparel Sale

GCAT Swim Club is excited to launch an online apparel store, where you can shop for Greenfield Central items at great prices. Lots of options to choose from. All orders are completed and paid for online. Simply follow the link, shop, and use secure online payment to finalize your order. Orders will be accepted through Tuesday, December 8. No orders will be accepted after this date. Your items will arrive in time for Christmas, and can be picked up on Thursday, December 17, at the GCHS pool from 6:00-8:30PM. For questions, please contact Melany Walden at mwalden@gcsc.k12.in.us.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL SALES ARE FINAL; Shop at www.companycasuals.com/gcspiritwear

Weekly Reminders:

1. If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

2. 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 and gcjhs_principal

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

4. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

Upcoming Dates:

December 11: Christmas Dance (After school until 5:00pm, $2 admission)

December 15: Band, Strings and Choir Concert

December 17 and 18: End of semester exams

December 21-January 1: Winter Break

January 4: School Resumes


Dan Jack
Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

Principal’s Update 11/30/15

News:
1. We will begin the second round of NWEA testing this Friday. Students will have a block schedule beginning Friday and all of next week so students can finish each test in one session. Friday, Tuesday and Thursday will be “odd days” (periods 1,3,5,7) and Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be “even days” (periods 2,4,6). This will be a good chance for students to experience what it will be like at the high school, since G-CHS runs on a block schedule every day. The third and last round of NWEA testing will be in May.

2.The G-C School Board approved moving all of our athletics club sports (except swimming) back to school sports. As a result, 6th grade students will no longer participate in junior high sports. Also, transportation and participation fees will be assessed instead of the club fees, and coaches will be hired and evaluated by GCJHS administrators. Sports affected by this change are tennis, soccer, wrestling, baseball and softball. We are thrilled to have these school sports again!

3. Each year, we ask parent volunteers to bake Christmas cookies for our Teacher Christmas Cookie Party. This year, with the help of the PTO, the cookie party will be held after school on Thursday, December 17. If you would like to bake cookies for the staff, please click here here to sign up.

4. Girls basketball tryouts begin tonight at GCJHS. Please note the change in location! 8th grade will start after school until 5:30pm. 7th grade will tryout 5:30-7:00pm.

Weekly Reminders:

1. If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

2. 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 and gcjhs_principal

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

4. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

Upcoming Dates:

December 2: PTO meeting 6:00pm GCJHS cafeteria

December 3: 7th Grade field trip to A Christmas Carol

December 11: Christmas Dance

December 15: Band, Strings and Choir Concert

December 21-January 1: Winter Break

January 4: School Resumes

Dan Jack Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

Principal’s Update 11/23/15

News
1. PTO put on a great night of trivia Friday night!  Students, teachers and parents all had a great time!  Thanks to Mrs. Greene and the PTO for putting the evening together.  If you are interested in helping with PTO, please contact Mrs. Greene at bgreene@gcsc.k12.in.us  Our Staff Christmas Cookie party is coming up soon and teachers love home baked sweets!!
 
2. Greenfield Central Swim Club Apparel Sale
GCAT Swim Club is excited to launch an online apparel store, where you can shop for Greenfield Central items at great prices. Lots of options to choose from.  All orders are completed and paid for online. Simply follow the link, shop, and use secure online payment to finalize your order. Orders will be accepted through Tuesday, December 8. No orders will be accepted after this date. Your items will arrive in time for Christmas, and can be picked up on Thursday, December 17, at the GCHS pool from 6:00-8:30PM. For questions, please contact Melany Walden at mwalden@gcsc.k12.in.us.  Shop at www.companycasuals.com/gcspiritwear
3. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Weekly Reminders
1.  If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.
2. 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 email me djack@gcsc.k12.in.us
Instagram- gc_jhs and gcjhs_principal
3. Breakfast is available to students every morning before school.
4. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

Upcoming Dates:
November 23: Boys basketball home opener
November 24: Student pep session
November 25th-27th:  Thanksgiving Break
December 3: 7th Grade field trip to A Christmas Carol
December 11: Christmas Dance
December 15: Band and Choir Concert
December 21stJanuary 1st: Winter Break
Dan Jack

Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

Principal’s Update 11/16/15

News
1. It is always hard know how to discuss difficult topics, like the terrorist attack in Paris, with your child. The Social Studies teachers may talk about the historical context today, but your child may have more questions. The following links may be helpful to you.
Time Magazine http://time.com/4112751/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-the-attacks-in-paris/?xid=emailshare
Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/explaining-the-news-to-our-kids?utm_sour

2. Friday, November 20th, GCJHS PTO will host its first big fundraiser. They have planned a fun night of trivia and food that will entertain the whole family! Students and parents will be able to reserve an entire table for their friends or family members. They may also order a pizza, drinks and other yummy treats! Save the date! 11/20/15 6:30-9:00 pm! Indy’s Live Trivia will be our hosts for the evening. Indy’s live Trivia hosts are fun and entertaining!

3. Greenfield Central Swim Club Apparel Sale
GCAT Swim Club is excited to launch an online apparel store, where you can shop for Greenfield Central items at great prices. Lots of options to choose from. All orders are completed and paid for online. Simply follow the link, shop, and use secure online payment to finalize your order. Orders will be accepted through Tuesday, December 8. No orders will be accepted after this date. Your items will arrive in time for Christmas, and can be picked up on Thursday, December 17, at the GCHS pool from 6:00-8:30PM. For questions, please contact Melany Walden at mwalden@gcsc.k12.in.us. Shop at www.companycasuals.com/gcspiritwear–

Weekly Reminders:
1. For those families in need of Christmas assistance, United Christmas Service applications are now available at the school. Applications will be accepted through November 16th. For further information, please contact Mrs. Fortuna (students with the last name A-K) or Mrs. Belcher (students with the last name L-Z), school counselor, at 477-4616.

2. If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

3. 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
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 email me djack@gcsc.k12.in.us
Instagram- gc_jhs and gcjhs_principal

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

5. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

6. Please turn in book rental to the front office.

Upcoming Dates:
November 20: PTO Trivia Night
November 24: Boys basketball home opener
November 25th-27th: Thanksgiving Break
December 3: 7th Grade field trip to A Christmas Carol
December 11: Christmas Dance
December 15: Band and Choir Concert
December 21st-January 1st: Winter Break

Dan Jack
Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

Principal’s Update 11/2/15

News:

1. ISTEP Parent letters will be sent home with your child on Tuesday. This letter has information about how to log in to the ISTEP+ website and see test scores later this month.

2. We had a great turnout for Parent Teacher Conferences last week. Please call the office if you still want to sign up to meet with a teacher on November 5.

3. NWEA Map test make-ups are finishing today and tomorrow. In the coming weeks, you receive more information about your child’s scores and what they mean.

4. The Veteran’s Day program will begin at 9:30am on Tuesday, November 11. This program is led by our students. Students are encouraged to invite veterans to the program.

Weekly Reminders:
1. For those families in need of Christmas assistance, United Christmas Service applications are now available at the school. Applications will be accepted through November 16th. For further information, please contact Mrs. Fortuna (students with the last name A-K) or Mrs. Belcher (students with the last name L-Z), school counselor, at 477-4616.

2. If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

3. 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

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 email me djack@gcsc.k12.in.us

Instagram- gc_jhs and gcjhs_principal

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

5. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

6. Please turn in book rental to the front office.

Upcoming Dates:

> November 3: Spell Bowl Competition @ Eastern Hancock
> November 4: PTO Meeting 6:30pm
> November 5: Parent Teacher Conferences (3:40pm-7:10pm)
> November 10: Fall Play Performance
> November 11- Veteran’s Day Program 9:30am
> November 16: Picture Retakes
> November 25th-27th: Thanksgiving Break
> December 3: 7th Grade field trip to A Christmas Carol
> December 15: Band and Choir Concert
> December 21st-January 1st: Winter Break


Dan Jack
Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

Principal’s Update 10/26/15

News:
 
1.  Help us collect valuable data for our school by participating in Speak Up

Join the conversation about the use of technology for learning through Speak Up, a National Research Project. Since 2003, nearly 4 million K-12 education stakeholders have participated in the annual online surveys. Data findings are shared each year with federal, state and local policymakers to inform education programs, policies and funding.

Instructions for completing the Speak Up survey

  1. Go to this link: http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015

  2. Click on the appropriate survey (Parent or Community member).

  3. Follow the given instructions to access the survey. Begin by entering your school zip (46140) or clicking on the drop down button and select your state, then go to the next line and type in your school name to find your school.

  4. Parents will NOT need the password to access the survey.

To learn more about Speak Up please visit www.tomorrow.org/speakup

2. For those families in need of Christmas assistance, United Christmas Service applications are now available at the school.  Applications will be accepted through November 16th.  For further information, please contact Mrs. Fortuna (students with the last name A-K) or Mrs. Belcher (students with the last name L-Z), school counselor, at 477-4616.
3. The Builders Club is sponsoring a canned food drive this week.
4. NWEA Map Testing continues this week.  Students will finish the Reading portion today.  The Language Arts session will start Tuesday, and the math session will be later this week.
5. Report Cards are now available in the PowerSchool Portal.
Weekly Reminders:
1. Parent Teacher Conferences will be October 29 and November 5.  Here is the link to sign up: Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up

2.  If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

3. 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

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 email me djack@gcsc.k12.in.us

Instagram- gc_jhs and gcjhs_principal

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

5. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

5. Please turn in book rental to the front office.

Upcoming Dates:
October 29:  Parent Teacher Conferences (3:40pm-7:10pm)
November 1st:  Daylight Saving Times Ends
November 3: Spell Bowl Competition @ Eastern Hancock
November 4: PTO Meeting 6:30pm
November 5: Parent Teacher Conferences (3:40pm-7:10pm)
November 11- Veteran’s Day Program 9:30am
November 16: Picture Retakes
November 25th-27th:  Thanksgiving Break
December 3: 7th Grade field trip to Christmas Carole
December 15: Band and Choir Concert
December 21stJanuary 1st: Winter Break

Dan Jack

Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

Principal’s Update 10/19/15

News:

1.  Some of our related arts courses are nine weeks in length, so a class or two in your child’s schedule probably changed today.

2. Parent Teacher Conferences will be October 29 and November 5.  Here is the link to sign up: Parent Teacher Conference Sign-up

3. Students will begin testing the NWEA MAP tests this week.  We plan to give the Reading portion of the test October 22 and 23.  The Language and Math tests will follow, during the week of October 26.
Weekly Reminders:

1.  If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

2. 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

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 email me djack@gcsc.k12.in.us

Instagram- gc_jhs and gcjhs_principal

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

4. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

5. Please turn in book rental to the front office.

Upcoming Dates:
October 24: Report Cards available
October 29 and November 5: Parent Teacher Conferences (3:40pm-7:10pm)

Principal’s Update 09/28/15

News:

1. Students are taking quarterly assessments this week. We scheduled them out over a few days so students do not have all of their tests on the same day.

2. Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. Scholars who enroll are connected to programs and resources to help them plan, prepare, and pay for college. 7th and 8th grade Indiana students whose families meet income eligibility guidelines must apply to become a 21st Century Scholar by June 30 of the student’s 8th grade year. You can apply online at www.Scholars.IN.gov . You may also contact the school counselor for additional information.

Students with the last name A-K – Mrs. Elizabeth Fortuna (317) 477-4616 or efortuna@gcsc.k12.in.us

Students with the last name L-Z – Mrs. Stephanie Belcher (317) 477-4616 or sbelcher@gcsc.k12.in.us

3. Parent Teacher Conferences will be October 29 and November 5. You will receive the link to sign up at the end of this week.

4. Students will begin testing the NWEA MAP tests after Fall Break. We plan to give the Reading portion of the test October 22 and 23. The Language and Math tests will follow, during the week of October 26.

Weekly Reminders:

1. If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

2. 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

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 email me djack@gcsc.k12.in.us

Instagram- gc_jhs and gcjhs_principal

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

4. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

5. Please turn in book rental to the front office.

Upcoming Dates:
> October 2: End of first grading period
> October 5-16: Fall Break (No School)
> October 24: Report Cards available
> October 29 and November 5: Parent Teacher Conferences (3:40pm-7:10pm)

Principal’s Update 09/21/15

News:

1. We have had great participation in getting donations for the walk-a-thon fundraiser! It looks like the weather will be perfect on Thursday afternoon for our walk. We will still take donations from students this week up until the start of our walk-a-thon. There will be a study hall environment that afternoon for students who chose not to raise money.

2. Tonight is the Band, Strings and Choir Concert. The band will perform at 6:00pm followed by our newest strings class at 7pm. The choir will then finish out the evening at 7:15pm. Admission is $2 for school-age and up.

3. This week is College GO! Week. We will be sharing statistics each morning to students about the benefits of getting an education beyond high school.

Weekly Reminders:

1. If you know someone who would like to receive the GCJHS parent newsletter, please let them know they can sign up on our webpage.

2. 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

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 email me djack@gcsc.k12.in.us

Instagram- gc_jhs and gcjhs_principal

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

4. We would love for everyone to register the Junior High on your Marsh Fresh Idea card. This is a simple, 3 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

Upcoming Dates:
> September 21: Band, Strings and Choir Concerts
> September 23: Convocation- Dannah Gresh
> September 24: School-wide walk-a-thon
> September 25: Book Rental Due
> October 5-16: Fall Break