Parent Connect December 9, 2016

Inclement Weather Plan

If weather and road conditions become bad enough to cause a change in the normal school schedule, one of the following plans below will be announced to the media on the morning in question. The district uses -10 degree wind chill as a starting point when considering a delay or closing of school due to temperature.

The district’s status will also be posted on our website ( and social media sites. Please do not call school offices or school employees because it ties up phone lines which are needed for emergency communications.

A School Messenger notification will be sent regarding a delay or closing of school during inclement weather by 5:30 a.m. to staff members and 6:00 a.m. to parents/guardians. In the event that school is delayed and weather conditions deteriorate, an announcement to close schools will be made by 7:30 a.m.

Plan 1: Two Hour Delay - (a) School will begin two hours late. Buses will run two hours later on their normal routes. (b) Afternoon dismissal will remain the same. (c) The morning sessions of preschool programs will be cancelled.

Plan 2: Schools Closed - (a) No school will be open that day. (b) School will be open the next scheduled day unless another closing announcement is made. (c) Make-up days will be announced and can also be referenced in the 2016-17 school calendar.

During slick road conditions, bus drivers may decide, after approval by the Director of Transportation, that a portion of their route cannot be safely traveled. In such cases, every effort will be made to notify the affected homes. The following rules will apply for students whose bus did not run: (a) Attendance will be taken and recorded with a notation that absence was due to no bus transportation. (b) If the student has perfect attendance in progress for the year, he/she will remain eligible for the recognition. (c) All make-up requirements must be met.

Inclement weather conditions sometimes cause buses to run late. Parents are asked to prepare their children to wait a reasonable amount of time for the bus and to be prepared for some variation in normal schedules. Questions about these procedures may be directed to the school principal, the Chief Financial Officer’s Office (288-4802 ext. 50120), or the Transportation Office (288-4809).

Jonathan Jennings Elementary Basketball Champions

Congratulations to the Jonathan Jennings Elementary girls' basketball team for winning the 2016 GCCS Girls' Elementary Basketball Championship on Monday, December 5th at Charlestown High School. The team is coached by Donnie Roark, Rebecca Roark and Patti Howard and managers are Makenna Curtis and Natalie Thomas. Team members include Alexis Boyd, Echo Brading, Kennedy Coleman, Alexis Deaton, Avery Grunder, Ashlyn Moore, Taylor Smith, Lyric Steele, Kendra Sheehan, Audrey Slay, Aiden Stewart, Taylor Burnett and Katie Pickerell. The cheerleading team is coached by Sulayne Kaelin and Natalie Thomas. The cheerleading team members include Kimberlyn Doherty, Kyley Fetz, Lilly Gillespie, Blair Kaelin, Kinley Romans, Ashlyn Sawyer, Ashtyn Sheppard, Claire Sweeney, Leah Walden, Aubrey Walters, Kelsey Whalen and Bianca White. Great job JJ Pirates!

Thomas Jefferson Elementary Student Wins Jeffersonville Holiday Card Contest

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson Elementary second grade student Charlie Reese for having his artwork selected for the City of Jeffersonville's First Annual Christmas Card Contest. Over 200 GCCSchools students submitted their artwork into the contest. Charlie received an array of prizes, including a ride to school on a firetruck in the near future. Submitted artwork will be on display at Jeffersonville's City Hall through the holiday season. Look for Charlie's art on the City of Jeffersonville's Christmas card!

Parkwood Elementary Family Literacy Night

Parkwood Elementary hosted their first Literacy Night of the school year on Tuesday, December 6th and it was a huge success! "Bingo for Books" was an amazing night of celebrating literacy as students had the opportunity to play bingo with holiday words to win new books and prizes. In between games, parents received tips from teachers on how to help their child while reading at home. Thank you to the amazing local businesses that donated gift cards, snacks and prizes. Regal Cinemas in Clarksville donated popcorn. Applebee's, McDonald's, Marks Feed Store, Atom Chemicals and Krispy Kreme donated raffle items.

Northaven Elementary "Pennies for Patients"

Hats off to Northaven Elementary for raising $3,211.05 through the Pennies for Patients program to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The Pennies for Patients program helps support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and blood cancer research. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

Charlestown High School presents "We Will Rock You, the Queen Musical"

The Charlestown High School Theatre Department will present "We Will Rock You, the Queen Musical" from Friday, December 9th to Sunday, December 11th. Show time Friday and Saturday is 7:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 for students, $8.00 for seniors and $10.00 for adults.

Universal Kindergarten High Ability Assessment

Over the course of the second semester, GCCSchools will be conducting universal screening and testing of kindergarten students for high ability. As guided by the Indiana Department of Education, the district will use the CogAT, a culturally unbiased, pictorial-based aptitude measure, and NWEA, a culturally unbiased achievement measure. These tests will be administered by licensed school personnel during the regular school day.

The results of the tests will be used in conjunction with your child's daily classroom performance and other assessments regularly administered by GCCSchools to assist the school in providing educational experience that best meets a child's academic needs within his/her regular classroom setting.

The district will contact parents of kindergarten students who are identified as high ability to attend an informational meeting in May.

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