Principal’s Update 2/27/17

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: For up to date information on athletic teams tryouts, please go to
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.



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


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

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