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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

Principal’s Update 2/6/17

News:
1.  Our Flex Pilot eLearning Day is Wednesday! All assignments will be due no later than Friday, February 10.  Here is the link to RSVP for the day:
2. We had a very successful solo and ensemble contest on Saturday for our 8th grade band and strings members.  Almost all students were awarded golds!
3. Congratulations to the 7th grade boys basketball team, for winning the county tournament!
4. 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.
5. The student council is hosting a Valentine Dance and Zombie fest Friday afternoon.  The dance will be in the gym and the Zombie fest is a capture the flag style team game students play in the halls.  Students can participate in one or both activities for the same $3 advance admission or $4 at the door.

 

Upcoming Dates:
February 8: Flex Pilot eLearning Day (students work from home)
February 10: Valentine Dance/Zombie Fest 3:30pm-5:30pm
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 B1515.
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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