Principal’s Weekly Update October 26, 2020

Attachments:

Lunch Menu

News:

  1. Weekly lesson plans posted by teachers.  

7th grade 

8th grade

Virtual School

  1. The Indiana Immunization Coalition will be onsite at GCHS, GCJHS, Greenfield and Maxwell Intermediate schools on Friday, October 30th, to administer flu vaccines to students whose families wish for them to receive the vaccine at school.

A parent/guardian must register the student using this electronic form: GC Student Flu Vaccine Registration. Only those students who register will receive the vaccine at school. Registration must be received by 6am on October 30th for students to receive the flu vaccine at school.

If you do not want your student to receive a flu vaccine at school, you do not need to do anything. Only those registered will be offered the vaccine. 

Should you have any questions, please email the corporation nurse, Dawn Hanson, at dhanson@gcsc.k12.in.us.

  1. Greenfield-Central is required under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 42 U.S.C. 114735 to regularly gather information that can help determine students who may need assistance.  All G-C families are requested to complete the short survey found at the link below regardless of residency status.  The information provided in this survey will only be used to determine students who may need assistance based on their current housing status.  See information at the end of the survey for a description of the rights of homeless students.

Click HERE to access the Greenfield-Central Mckinney-Vento survey.

We appreciate your time in completing the survey.  Please contact Jim Bever, Greenfield-Central’s McKinney-Vento Liaison, with any questions or concerns.  He may be reached at jbever@gcsc.k12.in.us.

Virtual School Information

  1. If you are having technology trouble, email our tech team at support@gcsc.k12.in.us 
  2. All students should be logged into Google classroom every day.  We ask parents to check Powerschool and help to encourage your child to log in to Google Classroom daily, and complete all assigned work. Here is the daily schedule for students.

Upcoming Dates:

October 27: School Picture Retakes

October 28: Hearing Screening for 7th grade students.

October 29 and November 4: Parent Teacher Conferences (virtually)

November 25-27: Thanksgiving Break (No School)

School Counselors

Christmas assistance applications will be available at the junior high beginning Monday, October 26th. Applications are due back no later than Friday, November 13th.  Please contact Mrs. Fortuna (last names A-K) or Mrs. Smith (last names L-Z) for more information or to get an application.  

Need assistance with a class?  We encourage you to reach out to your teachers if you need some help with a class.  Other options might include:  

1. Math tutoring after school each Wednesday, from 3:30-4:30pm.  

2.  We have a corporation tutoring list.  Please reach out to any staff member or your school counselor for a copy of that list.  

3.  AskRose Homework Help — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s AskRose tutoring services are now available for middle and high school students confronting math and science homework difficulties.  Approx. 30 Rose-Hulman students are available from 7-10 PM, Sunday through Thursday during the school year, to help students in grades 6-12 review math and science concepts.  Connections can be made at 877-275-7673 or AskRose.org.  This service is available at no cost.

4. Indiana’s Call and Learn free tutoring service for K-12 students is being offered by retired teachers, courtesy of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.  Students can call 1-877-45-STUDY [1-877-457-8839], 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays. 

Athletics 

There will be a call-out meeting for the GCJH wrestling team on Wednesday, October 29 at 6pm in the cafeteria.  The first day of wrestling practice will be Monday, November 2 at 5:30pm.  In order to begin practice, athletes must have a current physical, IHSAA health update form, and all RankOne forms submitted to the school office.  Questions about wrestling can be directed to Coach Hudson at rphudson@hotmail.com.

Our competition schedule is available here.  This schedule still continues to change as well: http://gcjhsathletics.weebly.com/team-schedules.html

COVID-19 Information:

The COVID-19 Parent Screening for Parents provided by the Indiana State Department of Health lists the following symptoms that will result in a student being sent home, or signal for a parent to keep a student home:

  • Temperature of 100 or chills
  • Sore throat
  • Cough or shortness of breath (especially new onset, uncontrolled cough)
  • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain
  • Headache (particularly new onset of severe headache, especially with fever)
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • This list does not include all possible symptoms. Other symptoms may be considered when determining when a student should stay home.

Symptomatic students or staff members may return to work/school per the ISDH Return to School Guidance. The simplified version is that symptomatic students and staff may return when:

  • Symptoms are improved for 24 hours, fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents, and a negative COVID-19 test. Documentation of the negative test is required.

OR

  • Ten days have passed since the onset of symptoms, symptoms have improved for 24 hours, and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents. No documentation is required from a healthcare provider.

OR

  • Alternate diagnosis given by a healthcare provider. Documentation from the provider must give a return date and state that his/her illness was “not related to COVID-19” or “Cleared to return to school/work”.

If a student or staff member is symptomatic, all siblings and household members must stay home. This means siblings and household members will be sent home even if asymptomatic. Household contacts must remain home for 14 days if the symptomatic household member chooses to not get tested. If the symptomatic household member receives a negative COVID-19 test result or receives an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider, all siblings and household members may return to school/work sooner than 14 days as long as documentation is provided and they remain asymptomatic.

If a student or staff member is identified as a close contact to a non-GC related confirmed COVID-19 positive case (for example, spouse, grandparent, non-GC co-worker, etc.), documentation must be provided by a health department or healthcare provider indicating the first date of return. GC is not responsible for initiating or conducting contact tracing on non-GC related exposure. This documentation must have the student or employee’s name on it and their earliest return to work/school date. 

If your student is asked to stay home for 10 days by the clinic, which is following CDC guidelines, he/she will be coded in PowerSchool attendance as VIRT- COV — Virtual Temporary due to COVID -19. This is the coding that the Indiana Department of Education has asked us to use. This coding DOES NOT mean that your student has been moved to our corporation’s virtual program. 

Please understand that only staff members see this information. Also, it does not necessarily mean that your student has COVID-19, it just means that your student is absent due to a COVID-19 situation. If your student is asked to quarantine, he/she should reach out to his/her teachers via email and/or Google Classroom so that your child can stay connected and working during the absence.

Connections:

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

Email- You can sign up on our webpage to receive the GCJHS Parent Newsletter email weekly with news, information, and upcoming important dates. 

PowerSchool App- Get up-to-date grades for your child, missing or incomplete assignments, attendance and school announcements.  Search for “PowerSchool Mobile” in your App Store.  Once you download the app, you can search by school or type in school code 3125.

You will receive the GCJHS Parent Newsletter email weekly with news, information, and upcoming important dates.  

If you would like to be removed from this email list, please email “Stop” to gcjhs-parents-leave@gcsc.k12.in.us

Mr.JackPrincipal, Greenfield Central Junior High School

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