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Principal’s Update 10/29/18

News

  1. November 1st is the next eLearning Day for students.  Please log in to PowerSchool and RSVP so we know which students will be coming to school that day.
  2. Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for November 1 and 6. Parents can come anytime between 4pm and 7pm and stop by to meet with the teachers. We ask that parents of students last name A-L try to come on November 1 and last names M-Z try to come on November 6.  If the other date works better for you, that is fine! To speak to a teacher, just stop by their table.  If that teacher is busy, simply find another teacher on your child’s schedule and meet with them first.  This format allows more parents to meet with more teachers, which benefits our students. A representative from 21st Century Scholars will be at school on November 1, during conferences.
  3. Picture re-takes are scheduled for tomorrow.  If your child missed the first picture day, then you can go to www.mylifetouch.com to order pictures.  Picture Day ID is HM788070Y1  If you did not like the first pictures, you can have your child bring them back tomorrow and you don’t need to fill out the order form again.
  4. If you missed the 7th Grade Trip to Chicago information meeting you can still get your child signed up. The brochure is attached and on our website.
  5. GCJHS Pacers Night vs the Miami Heat is Friday, November 16.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.Pacersgroups.com/heat
  6. Yankee Candles will be ready for pickup on November 1.  Pick up your orders in the office between 8:30am and 7pm on Thursday, November 1.  Small orders can be sent home with students.
  7. We’re excited for our 8th grade boys choir, who will be singing the National Anthem at the Indy Fuel game on Tuesday.
  8. Good luck to our 8th grade band students who are participating in the high school marching band competition this weekend at Lucas Oil.
  9. 8th graders going to Washington, D.C. can apply for a ½ scholarship if they participated in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser.  The applications will be sent out in social studies classes later this week.

Upcoming Dates:

October 30: Picture Re-takes

November 1: eLearning Day #2

November 1 and 6: Parent Teacher Conferences, 4-7pm

November 9: Veterans Day Program, 9:30 am

Athletics:

Girls Basketball open gyms will be held at GIS on Oct. 29, Oct. 31, Nov. 5, and Nov. 7 from 3:30-5:30pm.  Students should ride bus 31 or bus 45 to GIS. Open gym will also be held at GCJHS on Nov. 12 (3:30-4:30, Nov. 15 (3:30-5:30), and Nov. 19 (3:30-4:30).  Try-outs will begin on Nov. 26. More information is available in Student Services for girls who were not able to attend the call-out meeting.

Reminders:

  1. The remaining dates for the eLearning days are November 1 and January 30.
  2. School days cancelled due to weather will also be eLearning days this year.
  3. 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.  When the temperatures drop below freezing, students can wait inside beginning at 8:00 a.m.
  4. Breakfast is available to students every school day, at 8:20 a.m.
  5. Yearbooks for the 2018-19 school year can be ordered for as little as $25 at https://yearbookforever.com Search for “Greenfield Junior High School.”

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!)

Twitter- @GCJHS_principal

Facebook – Greenfield Central Junior High School

Instagram- http://instagram.com/gc_jhs

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.”

Powerschool App- Get up-to-date grades for your child, missing or incomplete assignments, attendance and school announcements.  You can customize the dashboard to see only the headings you want to see. We do not calculate GPA at GCJHS and the lunch balance is not compatible with our system, so you can hide those headings.

Clubs:

Here are the school clubs that have formed so far this year 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

Writing Club- Mrs. Cary lcary@gcsc.k12.in.us

Young Hoosier Book Club- Mrs. Taing bnigh@gcsc.k12.in.us

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

Have a great week!

Mr. Jack

Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

GCJHS Sign Language Club

Sign club will have a call out meeting on Tuesday, September 19th after school from 3:30-4:00.  Our meetings will be on Tuesdays, twice a month and the schedule will be handed out on the 19th.   Anyone who wants to learn to Talk with their Hands should come!!

Principal’s Update 8/14/17

News:

 

1.  We want our student body to be full of school spirit, so we distributed over 300 shirts to 7th grade students last week!  There is a shirt for every 7th grade student, so if your child did not get one, he/she can stop by the Student Services office and pick one up.  Our students get in free to all home junior high athletic events when they wear school colors.
2.  Picture order forms were distributed to students today.  You can also order online at www.mylifetouch.com  Picture Day ID: HM787055Y0
3.  The Solar Eclipse is coming August 21.  Our science department has secured enough ISO and AAS approved viewing glasses from approved vendor Rainbow Symphony, for our students to view the eclipse.  Students will bring home a permission slip.  If you decide that your child can participate, your child should bring in the signed permission slip and $1, to help pay for the glasses. Students will get to keep their glasses.  Participating students will be outside for about 45 minutes at the peak of the eclipse.   For more information, please see NASA’s webpage: https://t.co/vbZGoixMkq
4.  Our goal is for all students to successfully complete class assignments.  This Thursday, we will begin our weekly homework checks.  Students with three or more missing assignments in a class will be assigned a consequence by his/her teacher and a parent will be notified.  Students should be able to complete the assignments while serving the consequence.  We encourage students and parents to check powerschool regularly for missing assignments. Here is a link for more information about our completion of homework assurance plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dGdEwbQ-5f1PcR7nTAWfwlKXcpjx9sL30s3YWJ-PZzw/edit?usp=sharing
5.  NWEA Testing – Most students finished NWEA tests in Math, Science and Language Arts last week.  We will gather students for make-up tests this week.
6.  Remember to register for the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. www.DCin2018.com/greenfield
7.  Students in grades 7-12 will have three days throughout the school year when they can work from home.  Teachers will have professional development for half of the day and office hours to help students during the other half.   You may choose to send your child to school and we will have supervision planned.  The dates for the eLearning days are September 27, November 1, and January 31.  We will provide more details as it gets closer.
8.  We try to have very few school-wide fundraisers.  The big one for us is our walk-a-thon.  Rather than sell a product, we ask our students to seek donations in exchange for walking around the track.  This fundraiser enables us to support the Riley Children’s Hospital, provide incentives for students throughout the year, help to fund field trips, and supply our benevolence fund.  At the end of the week, students will be coming home with a donation envelope.  We hope that you will support our goal of raising at least $7 per student.
9.  We expect to have individual ISTEP results from the Indiana Department of Education on Wednesday. The parent access code letter will be available to parents on the PowerSchool parent portal.  When IDOE “releases” the reports this week, parents can use the access code to go into the Pearson site and see the student data as well.

 

Upcoming Dates:

 

August 15: Sister City Kakuda students visit GCJHS
August 18: Back to School Dance $3 admission 3:30pm-5:00pm
August 25: School Pictures
September 1: Walk-a-thon Fundraiser
September 27: eLearning Day

 

COUNSELOR CONNECTION
Managing the Middle School Transition Years

 

        Middle school years can be challenging for both parents and students.  There are so many things changing in your child’s life.  Students are entering into early adolescent where their bodies are experiencing many changes both chemically and physically.  Sometimes their groups of friends might change drastically.  Students are trying to find their place socially which sometimes can result in being more hurtful to each other. Students are developing more independence, but at the same time are expected to have more responsibilities at school and at home.  Students and parents are trying to navigate having different teachers for each subject area. Needless to say there are a lot of changes going on.
Here are a few ways you as a parent can support your child through these transition years.

 

1.     Understand that middle school is not elementary school. The middle school years are preparing your child for high school.
2.     Identify common fears of middle school students.  Talk through these fears with your child or seek the help of your child’s guidance counselor. For example, your student might say “What if I can’t get my locker open?”  You could then talk your student through ways to solve that problem.
3.     Help supervise the completion of homework and help your child manage their homework time.
4.     Be aware of and expect early adolescent changes in your child.
5.     Talk with your child about normal changes that occur during puberty.
6.     Encourage your child to get involved in some sort of extracurricular activity.
7.     Monitor and moderate social networking and internet usage.
8.     Insist on respect from your child and show respect to your child.
9.     Parents should consistently acknowledge and reward efforts at school.
10.  Most importantly parents should talk to their child and listen to them.
If you would like additional information, please contact your child’s Guidance Counselor.
Mrs. Fortuna   efortuna@gcsc.k12.in.us – Students with the last name A-K
Mrs. Smith   rebsmith@gcsc.k12.in.us – Students with the last name L-Z

 

Reminders:

 

1.  Students can be dropped off to wait outside in the morning. The doors to the building will open at 8:20 a.m. each day.
2.  Breakfast is available to students every morning before school.
3.  Textbook Fees can be turned in anytime this month.  7th Grade fees are $150.62. 8th Grade fees are $149.05
4.  If you still want to purchase insurance for your child’s MacBook, it will need to be inspected at the time of payment.  This can be done during the school day. Insurance costs $50 and has a $40 deductible for each claim.

 

Connections:

 

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

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

 

Dan Jack
Principal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

 

Principal’s Update 8/2/17

It was a great first day of school!  Everyone (eventually) found all of their classes.  We reassured the students that in another day or two they will know the building well and wonder why they ever struggled to find their way around.  We were short on MacBooks this year, but we anticipate getting devices for all students later this week.

 

I want to remind parents that our Meet the Teachers night is tomorrow from 7pm to 8pm.  It is an open house style, so you can go to classes in any order and come any time between 7pm and 8pm. Please bring your child’s schedule so you can find your way.

 

Also, we will have a meeting tomorrow at 6pm for parents of 8th graders who may be interested in going on the 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C. in May, 2018.  A representative from the tour company will be there to explain the registration process.  Students may attend with their parents.

 

Practices for football, volleyball and cross country have started.  It’s not too late to come out for those teams.  Boys soccer, girls soccer and co-ed tennis practices will begin on Monday.  Students must have IHSAA physicals turned in to school before they can participate.

 

The lunch menu can be found on our website under “quick links” or follow this link.  Students are not allowed to charge meals or get an alternate meal if they do not have money in their account, so please check on their accounts regularly on EZ school pay.
 

 

Have a great week.

 

Mr. Jack, Principal

Greenfield Central Junior High
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