Staff Insight December 16, 2016

Winter Break Reminder

GCCS Earns "B" Letter Grade for 2015-16 School Year

The district is so excited to announce that we have earned a "B" letter grade for the first time since the state accountability letter grades have been implemented. This accomplishment has taken a tremendous amount of work by our students and staff! Superintendent Dr. Andrew Melin stated, "The 'B' letter grade happened due to the collaborative effort of all our employees to provide a strong educational foundation for our students. As a district, we go above and beyond the basics to ensure all students become critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible citizens." Click here to visit the Indiana Department of Education's website to view a list of school grades.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz stated, “I want to thank Indiana’s students, educators and families for their countless hours of work over the last academic year. This year, Indiana implemented a new student-centered school accountability system utilizing Indiana’s new, more rigorous standards and assessments for the first time. For those reasons, the 2015-16 school year establishes a new baseline for school accountability grades in Indiana. Moving forward, the Department of Education will continue to support students, educators and schools with the important work of school improvement.”

Bears on Parade at Maple Elementary

Maple Elementary held their 15th annual "Bears on Parade" event today! The event is hosted by the school, in partnership with Steel Dynamics, to ensure every student receives a Christmas gift this holiday season or has the opportunity to obtain a gift to give to a loved one.

Stuffed animals were numbered and lined around the gymnasium, which gives the effect of a parade. Students entered the gymnasium one grade level at a time to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Students then selected a number from Santa’s bag and one of Santa’s helpers guided them to find the stuffed animal that matched their number. The event is organized by physical education teacher Katrina Pierce.

General Counsel Retires After 26 Years with GCCS

The Superintendent and Board of School Trustees extend best wishes to Sandra W. Lewis, who is retiring from Greater Clark County Schools today. Ms. Lewis began working in 1990 as the attorney for Greater Clark on a part-time basis while a partner in a private law firm in Jeffersonville. In May 2000, Ms. Lewis joined the district as General Counsel on a full time basis.

During her twenty-six years of work on behalf of GCCS, Mrs. Lewis has been involved in a myriad of legal issues, including initially organizing Greater Clark’s 501(c)(3) Educational Foundation and participating in contract negotiations with five different employee union organizations. She handled the legal defense coordination of all litigation filed against the corporation; served as the local counsel in arbitration and special education hearings including EEOC, ADA, and personal injury complaints. She provided oversight for the Human Resources Department; handled day-to-day family law matters on behalf of the schools; and, served on the district’s Employee Performance Review Committee.

“I love my job as much as I did the first day I was hired. I'm deeply honored to have worked with the various School Board members, six Superintendents, as well as all of our Administrators and staff. "

In January 2017, Mrs. April Hall Geltmaker will join GCCS as the staff attorney. Ms. Geltmaker has practiced law in Indiana for eleven years. Her private practice experience will be of benefit to Greater Clark’s many issues related to family law and contract issues.

Parkwood Elementary Holiday Door Decorations

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).

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