Staff Insight March 3, 2017

Make-Up Days

Mark your calendar! Greater Clark County Schools will be in session on Monday, March 20th and Tuesday, March 21st to make-up the school closures that occurred on Monday, January 9th and Wednesday, March 1st.

Fun Fact Friday

Greater Clark County Schools has the highest 2016 graduation rate in our area. We are Bridging Excellence & Opportunities!

Ford Next Generation Learning Update

Ford Motor Company’s Next Generation Learning (NGL) program is a unique and comprehensive community initiative that brings together educators, employers, and community leaders to implement a proven model for transforming secondary schools, which ultimately improves the regional workforce development system.

In September 2016, a diverse group of 65 individuals including educators, business representatives, and post-secondary education leaders, also known as the Steering Committee, began the process of drafting a Master Plan to submit to the Ford Next Generation Learning Network on behalf of Greater Clark County Schools. The Master Plan was completed and submitted in February 2017 and GCCS is excited to announce the plan was approved.

Joining the Ford NGL network is a tremendous opportunity that will enable Greater Clark County Schools to evolve its successful College and Career Readiness efforts by creating sustainable systems of community engagement and secondary school transformation. The goal of the district is to begin the transition to Ford NGL model during the 2017-18 school year, with full transition to the career academy model during the 2018-19 school year. The career academy model that will increase relevancy for students and better prepare all students for post-secondary opportunities by creating direct pathways to regional colleges and businesses. Ford NGL will transform education, it will transform our region's economic development and transform our community.

The Ford NGL Designation of Greater Clark County Schools will be held on Wednesday, March 15th at 9:30am at Charlestown High School. A celebration will be held at Amatrol from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

National School Breakfast Week

Bridging Week - March 13th-17th

Greater Clark County Schools will host Bridging Week March 13th through March 17th to give current and future parents the opportunity to tour elementary, middle and high schools during the school day! Contact the school you would like to tour to schedule your appointment today. A list of schools and their contact information is located on the district website (click here). #BeGreater in GCCS!

Charlestown High School Presents The Secret Garden

TJ Tigers District Champions

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson Elementary for winning the GCCS Elementary Boys’ Basketball Tournament. The Tigers are coached by Amber Ridings and Ashley Currey. Team members include Lucas Blanton, Kyle Campbell, Javeon Fairman, Nik Schindler, Jakob Seigle, Carter Bush, Ryan Crawford, P.J. Douglas, Harper Duran, Chance McFarland, Tre Singleton, Tripp Reuter, and Jack Rutherford. Managers are Caleb Brady and Nate Seigle.

The Thomas Jefferson cheerleading sponsor is Jessica McKinney and squad members include Heather Abt, Libby Anderson, Lilly Anderson, Brooklyn Chandler, Kendall Curry, Riley Dobson, Anna Haire, Emma Johnson, Ryan Kelton, Lola Rodriguez, Madeline Stabile and Josie Zoeller and mascot Jaden Carter.

Preschool Application for 2017-18 School Year Now Open

Greater Clark County Schools offers preschool in each elementary building. Morning sessions are from 9:00 to 11:30 and afternoon classes are from 1:00 to 3:30. The preschool program serves children with special needs and children from low income who are eligible for the Early Education Matching Funds Grant (EEMG). There are also a limited number of slots available for other students with priority give to children who narrowly missed the cut-off age for Kindergarten.

In order to be eligible for Greater Clark preschool, your child must be 4 years of age by August 1, 2017. Children who are 5 by that date are eligible for Kindergarten. Children must attend the preschool at their home school, transfers are not granted. The fee for preschool is $150 for the year and parents must provide transportation. If your family qualifies for the EEMG grant, the fee is waived and transportation is provided. Click here to visit the GCCSchools website for more information!

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