Announcements

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

Principal’s Update 1/30/17

News:
1. Parents of 8th Graders- Please check out the post entitled,  “On the Road to High School.”  This is our transition program to get students (and their parents!) ready for high school.  Please note the extracurricular open house and parent meeting at the high school is February 13.
2. There were 230 GCJHS students in 54 solos or ensembles who performed on Friday night.  It was a terrific night of music!
3. We have received RSVPs from about 50% of parents for the eLearning Flex Pilot day on February 8.  Please follow this link so we can account for all students for that day.  Here is a direct link to the RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdheIWJcsQvp6PuT7O_nFEzrvhOsO6CMdzZVh–VwKv00gQaA/viewform
4. The 7th Grade Science fair will be in the cafeteria, on Tuesday.  Participating students will stay after school to display their projects.  Judging will occur 3:30-4:45pm. Then, parents and friends will be invited in at 4:45pm.  Awards will be announced at 5:00pm.
5. The first softball preseason workout, for any girl interested and not already involved in a winter sport, will be after school Monday, February 6 until 5:00pm.  Please bring a glove, bat and clothing to run in.  Coach Grimes will meet the girls outside the gym doors at 3:40pm.

 

Upcoming Dates:
January 31: 7th Grade Science Fair
February 4: ISSMA Band Competitions *8th Grade only*
February 8: Flex Pilot eLearning Day (students work from home)
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 (Online Portion) Testing Window Opens

 

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 1/23/17

News:
1. Flex Pilot eLearning Day is February 8.  Please RSVP so we can account for all students for that day.  Here is a direct link to the RSVP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdheIWJcsQvp6PuT7O_nFEzrvhOsO6CMdzZVh–VwKv00gQaA/viewform
2. 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.
3. EZSchoolpay users: AT&T is blocking emails from EZSchoolpay.com as spam.  They company has requested to have AT&T unblock them, but until this is corrected, you can add another parent account with a different email (other than AT&T) and get the emails until it is corrected.
4. Applications are now open for students interested in participating in the Indiana House Page Program during the 2017 legislative session.
While at the Statehouse, House pages spend the day touring the House and Senate chambers, the Indiana Supreme Court and governor’s office. They also observe the legislative session directly from the floor of the House, listening to debates on important issues.
Pages are also assigned age-appropriate tasks like delivering important messages and sorting files.
To be a page, applicants should be between the ages of 13 and 18. Student pages receive an excused absence from school.
For more information and to apply, click here or call 800­-382­-9841.
5. Special Olympics is having a Hancock County 2017 Winter Jam, on Saturday March 4th,  6:00PM.  It will be at the 4H Building 620 N. Apple St. Greenfield.  For more information, visit http://www.soinhancockcounty.org/events/event/special-olympics-hancock-county-2017-winter-jam/

Upcoming Dates:
January 25: PTO meeting
January 27: Choir Solo/ensemble performances at GCJHS
February 8: Flex Pilot eLearning Day (students work from home)
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 (Online Portion) Testing Window Opens

 

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
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 12/5/16

News:
1. Next Tuesday, December 13, we will have our Winter Fine Arts Festival in the GCJHS gym. The crowds have been growing and our cafeteria is no longer big enough to accommodate the audience. Parking will still be a challenge, so please allow extra time.

2. 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

3. The Greenfield Central Junior High School PTO hosted the 2nd annual Trivia Night on 11/28. There were over 50 parents and students in attendance vying for several great prizes, the grand prize 4 tickets to the Pacers! The event netted $165 to be used for classroom purchases for the upcoming Spring Session. In addition to the initial Kleenex Boxes that were distributed after the Thanksgiving Break, the PTO is planning on purchasing classroom supplies including dry erase markers, folders and other items off of the wishlist. In December, the PTO plans to provide all of hardworking teachers with a holiday cookie party.

4. NWEA tests this week. We are challenging students to “beat” their fall scores. Students get their results immediately and teachers will get class data near the end of the semester. Students will qualify for APE Day (December 21st,) if they improve in two or more testing areas.

5. Students in grades seven through eleven are eligible to travel to Japan with the Sister Cities of Greenfield program. The cost has been lowered to $750 and scholarships are available for those who qualify. The deadline for Sister Cities travel applications is rapidly approaching. (Friday, December 16) Download your application from the Sister Cities website: sistercitiesofgreenfield.org.

6. Don’t know what to get your GCJHS student for Christmas? How about buying them their yearbook at a discounted price. Now until December 31st, the 2017 GCJHS yearbook is only $25.00. The price goes up January 1st, so get your yearbook now. You may order online at https://yearbookforever.com or you can fill out the attached order form and send it to school.

7. Attention Washington D.C. Trip Parents: 2nd payments were due November 15th. If you have not made a payment toward the trip by December 8, the student and/or chaperone will be removed from the trip. We have to lock in the hotel rooms and buses by that day. Yankee Candle profits will not be applied to accounts until late December or early January. Those with a surplus in their accounts would be eligible for refunds in the spring. If everyone currently on the list stays on the list, this will be the largest group Greenfield Central Junior High has ever taken! Please contact Grueninger Tours with questions http://www.gogmt.com/contactus.html or (800) 225-9919.

8. We will run our Toys for Tots Drive 11/28-12/9. Students can bring a new, unwrapped toy to 1st period. Two toys earns one free admission to the Christmas Party & Dance on Friday, December 9 3:30-5:00pm.
Interested in chaperoning this event? Contact Mrs. Greene.

Upcoming Dates:
December 6: 7th Grade field trip IRT
December 9: Christmas Party and Dance 3:30pm-5:00pm
December 13: Winter Fine Arts Festival (Bands, Choirs, Strings) in the GCJHS Gym
December 19 and 20: Semester Exams

Reminders:
Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20 a.m.
Textbook Fees can be turned in to the front office. 7th Grade fees are $150.26 8th Grade fees are $149.47

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

Dan Jack, Principal
Greenfield Central Junior High

 

Principal’s Update 11/28/16

News:

1.  Don’t know what to get your GCJHS student for Christmas?  How about buying them their yearbook at a discounted price.  Now until December 31st, the 2017 GCJHS yearbook is only $25.00.  The price goes up January 1st, so get your yearbook now.  You may order online at https://yearbookforever.com or you can fill out the attached order form and send it to school.
2. NWEA Testing begins on Wednesday, November 30.  Teachers and students get individual results within a couple of days and school wide results before the end of the semester.  We will use this information to gauge student growth, and determine placement for ISTEP Boost classes and remediation.
3. On December 21st, we will have our first ever APE day (Academic Progress is for Everyone.)  Students become eligible for APE day by improving in two or more NWEA testing areas or, students testing above grade level, must maintain that status.  Improvement is one point or more in growth.  Students who qualify for APE day will spend a few hours participating in activities such as Karaoke, cornhole, games and raffles.
4. Girls basketball tryouts are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week at Greenfield Intermediate School.  8th Grade will practice 4:30pm-6pm and 7th grade will practice 6pm-8pm.
5. Wrestling practice begins after school today.
6.  Wednesday is the last day to pay book fees by debit/credit card.  We can still accept check and cash for fees after Wednesday. Contact treasurer Jan Mitchell with questions.
7. Attention Washington D.C. Trip Parents: 2nd payments were due November 15th. If you have not made a payment toward the trip by December 8, the student and/or chaperone will be removed from the trip. We have to lock in the hotel rooms and buses by that day. Yankee Candle profits will not be applied to accounts until late December or early January. Those with a surplus in their accounts would be eligible for refunds in the spring. If everyone currently on the list stays on the list, this will be the largest group Greenfield Central Junior High has ever taken! Please contact Grueninger Tours with questions http://www.gogmt.com/contactus.html or  (800) 225-9919.
There are still some Yankee Candles orders to be picked up. Contact Mrs. Greene to arrange pick-up of large orders.
8. We will run our Toys for Tots Drive 11/28-12/9.  Students can bring a new, unwrapped toy to 1st period. Two toys earns one free admission to the Christmas Party & Dance on Friday, December 9 3:30-5:00pm.
Interested in chaperoning this event? Contact Mrs. Greene.

Upcoming Dates:

November 30: NWEA “middle of year” testing begins
*No PTO meeting this month*
December 6: 7th Grade field trip IRT
December 19 and 20: Semester Exams

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.  If temperatures dip below freezing, students will be permitted to come into the building beginning at 8:00 a.m.
  2. Breakfast is available for $1.75, to students every school day, at 8:20 a.m.
  3. Textbook Fees can be turned in to the front office.  7th Grade fees are $150.26    8th Grade fees are $149.47  Credit/Debit cards will be accepted, in person, until November 30.
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