Parent Connect September 30, 2016

Fall Intersession Information

Fall Intersession will be held October 3-7. 2016 . Parents have been notified by receiving a letter from their child’s school if their child needs to attend Intersession.

Greater Clark County Schools’ daily priority is to provide the best education possible for our students. Our staff works diligently to provide a rigorous and appropriate academic support system for each of our students. It’s important for parents to understand that Intersession is not a punishment for their child, but rather an opportunity for students to receive additional academic/behavior support to help their child succeed.

GCCSchools will be closed for two weeks in October for Fall Break. However, the first week of the break (Intersession week) will be used to provide twenty additional hours of instruction to students who are at risk of being retained. Instruction for students in grades K-8 will be focused on reading proficiency. Intersession for high school students will focus on credit recovery and state required End-of-Course Assessment (ECA) remediation. Identified students who do not participate in this invaluable opportunity will be at risk of not advancing to the next grade level and/or not graduating from high school.

As indicated in our vision and mission statements, the district’s goal is for all students to graduate accepted to a post-secondary opportunity, i.e. four-year college, two-year college, apprenticeship, military, workforce, etc. In order for that to occur, we must make sure all students develop the academic and behavioral skills needed to succeed beyond our school system. Students learn differently, so it is vital that the district differentiates instructional practice to the greatest extent possible to meet student needs. With that in mind, we have implemented a program called IMPACT in which students who have identified academic and/or behavioral skill deficiencies receive additional enrichment during the school day. The IMPACT process includes the development of a written intervention plan for the student which is shared with their parent(s). The plan provides for academic intervention both during the school year and during scheduled Intersession breaks.

Click here for more information about Intersession locations, transportation and more!

Jeffersonville High School Student Named National Merit Semi-Finalist

Congratulations to Jeffersonville High School senior Robert Andrew Gustafson for being one of three students from Southern Indiana selected as a 2017 National Merit Semi-Finalist. Andrew was selected from approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the Pre-SAT last year and received the highest scores in the state.

Andrew will now submit a scholarship application with information about academics, school participation and community activities. About 90 percent of the nation's 16,000 semi-finalists are expected to be named finalists in February. Congratulations Andrew and good luck! #BeGreater

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana Grants $5,000 to Communities in Schools 321 Read Program

Thanks to a $5,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, Communities in Schools of Clark County has the opportunity to provide more funding for their 3,2,1 Read Program which helps Greater Clark students receive extra educational support they need to achieve.

The 3,2,1 Read Program provides volunteer mentoring and reading intervention for struggling readers in grades 1-3.

Once a student is matched with their "reading friend," Communities in Schools of Clark County commits to providing a volunteer for a full three years.

Each week, students are given a new book to read and add to their personal library.

On September 26th, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana personnel and local McDonald's operators gathered at Spring Hill Elementary to present the books purchased for the program.

Digital Citizenship Information

Greater Clark County Schools is the proud recipient of an Indiana Department of Education Digital Learning Grant which will focus on Digital Citizenship. More information will be shared in future newsletters about Digital Citizenship and the use of Common Sense Media K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum which can build a positive school culture that supports the safe and responsible use of technology.

Media and technology are at the very center of all our lives today -- especially our children’s. Kids today spend over 50 hours of screen time every week. The media content they consume and create has a profound impact on their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Learning how to use media and technology wisely is an essential skill for life and learning in the 21st century. But parents, teachers, and policymakers struggle to keep up with the rapidly changing digital world in which our children live and learn. Now more than ever, they need a trusted guide to help them navigate a world where change is the only constant. (www.commonsensemedia.org) Visit Common Sense Media's website today to set-up your account and access great information!

New Washington Schools' Fall Festival

Elementary Cross Country Meet

On September 22nd, elementary athletes from across the district gathered at Utica Elementary to for the district-wide cross country meet. Here are the team results:

American Girls: 1 - Thomas Jefferson, 2 - Northaven, 3 - New Washington, 4 - Maple, 5 - Bridgepoint, 6 - Spring Hill

National Girls: 1 - Utica, 2 - Jonathan Jennings, 3 - Pleasant Ridge, 4 - Wilson, 5 - Parkwood, 6 - Riverside

American Boys: 1 - Northaven, 2 - New Washington, 3 - Thomas Jefferson, 4 - Bridgepoint, 5 - Spring Hill, 6 - Maple

National Boys: 1 - Utica, 2 - Jonathan Jennings, 3 - Parkwood, 4 - Wilson, 5 - Pleasant Ridge and Riverside

1st Annual Sugar Skull Shake, Shake!

The City of Jeffersonville and the Public Arts Commission will host the 1st Annual Sugar Skull Shake, Shake on Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Big Four Station Park in Jeffersonville.

The Sugar Skull Shake, Shake will be a one-day festival that brings to our community the understanding and tradition of El Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead through folk art making, student & adult speakers, authentic Mexican performers, authentic Mexican foods and informational signage that is in Spanish and English. Community participation is an essential part of this holiday that is full of life, reflection, food, family and fun. Currently, Jeffersonville does not have a festival that celebrates this particular Mexican holiday and moreover highlights a culture that makes up such a large part of our current population. This festival is beyond just another event, it is an investment into Jeffersonville’s cultural values. It will exhibit a willingness to merge and unify our community with our Latino population and it aspires towards a better, more artful, more educated and integrated community.

GCCS students have been helping prepare culturally relevant art for the event and ESL (English as a Second Language) students will also present at the event. Check out the video to see behind the scenes footage!

Spring Street Spooky 5K & Scarecrow Shuffle Kids Run

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