**Always be sure to scroll to the bottom of our newsletter for OPPORTUNITIES AROUND MIS, GC, AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. This is where you will find information about basketball, swimming and many other opportunities for your child throughout the year.
MIS STUDENT RECOGNITION
Exceeding Expectations: The following students received five or more positive marks on their Character Card for the week of September 14th-18th. We appreciate them for being respectful, responsible, having a positive attitude and for leading by example.
Lucy F., Lucy S., Ava B., Aubrey M., Parker A., Brooklyn E., Hunter P., Alexis K., Xavier J., Molli J., Aiden V., Olivia S., Arian M., Siwei H., Alisson S., Emma M., Kayla Y., Tate B., Lucas G., Melanie T., Colton M., Hope R., Kash J., Garret H., Makenzie G., Abbey M., Noah P., Layla D., Josie K., Alex L., Brennan J., Garrett J., Sonnet M., Shana D., Isla D., Nathan R., Audree C., Nicolas D., Jaxon B., Ava B., Logan B., Jacob W., Caroline F., Parker C., Walker M., Hunter F., Rihanna J., Audrey M., Grayson Y., Payton M., & Kayden N.
Three summers ago, we had a large group of staff members meet on several occasions to discuss our old "Behavior Card." The goal was to find a way to make this a more positive communication tool for our parents and students. This evening, you will have the opportunity to review and sign your child's "Character Card." This card was created as a scaled feedback tool to provide you with, not only the traditional information you have always received, but also a glimpse into the positive choices and leadership that your child is displaying throughout his/her day.
Knowing this, the office staff is requesting your help. We would like to share with our staff regular, positive feedback from a variety of sources. Please take a few moments and use the link below to provide some encouragement to those folks that are making a major difference in your child's future. These comments can be anonymous, or you can provide your name. The office staff will use the provided comments every Thursday for our #thankfulThursday movement. The attached form can be completed, as little or often as you like, throughout the entire school year. We appreciate your support in growing the culture of gratitude that already exists at MIS!!
A couple of comments shared this week:
"Mrs. Knecht-Strong has reached out several times to let us know how things are going in the classroom. We really appreciate her frequent updates."
"Mrs. Wayne recently sent an email letting us know our son is doing well. We appreciate her taking the time to reach out to us."
As mentioned previously, we plan to hold virtual conferences this year. These will be scheduled on the afternoon/evenings of October 26th, 27th and 29th.
Your child's homeroom teacher will be sending you information to sign up for conferences on Monday, September 28th. Once you have selected a date and time, they will follow-up with a Google Meet invite. This is the link that you will sign into for the purpose of meeting with the teacher on the date and time you selected. This is the same format your son/daughter used last spring for virtual learning.
HANCOCK HEALTH VACCINATION CLINIC
Fall "Virtual" Book fair
Since we can't bring the book fair to MIS for real, we are offering students the opportunity virtually to add to their home library. Online shopping begins on Monday, September 21st and runs through October 3rd. If you choose to purchase, please be sure to select "Reward your School" and follow the prompts to enter Maxwell Intermediate School. This allows us to add to our library collection as well.
student lunch change
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration.
Standard Response Protocol: Our school has expanded the safety program to include the Standard Response Protocol - Extended (SRPx). The SRPx is based on these five actions: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter and Hold.
Please take a moment to review these actions. More information regarding this topic can be found at http://iloveuguys.org
MIS Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) Initiative
NASA Calendar Contest
Below you will find the rules for the annual Substance Abuse Awareness Calendar and a fact sheet that students might find useful in creating their entry. The contest is open to all 5th and 6th grade students in the county. Selected drawings will be used in their 2021 calendar.
The grand prize winner will have the choice of either Beats by Dre wireless headphones ($200 value) or Apple Airpods. All other selected winners will receive a $25 Walmart Gift Card.
GC Employment Opportunity
Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation is in need of Instructional Assistants. All applicants must apply online to be considered: applitrack.com/gcsc/onlineapp.
GCCSC Health Services COVID-19 Update (Effective September 8, 2020)
Temperature threshold being raised to 100 or higher.
Symptom improvement and fever free time period lowered from 72 to 24 hours (or per healthcare provider’s recommendation).
The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Parents Updated 9-4-20.pdf 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
- 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 Updated 9-4-20.pdf.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alternate diagnosis given by a healthcare provider. Symptoms are improved for 24 hours, fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents and 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 any member of a household has a pending COVID-19 test, all household members must stay home until the test result is received. When a negative test result is received, documentation must be provided for household members to return to work/school.
When identifying close contacts, the 15 minute time period is now cumulative, not consecutive. Teachers/supervisory staff will use their best judgment to determine who is a close contact given this new guidance.
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.
Our school will be participating in the SchoolStore program again this year. This online program helps our school earn cash without students selling door-to-door, collecting money or delivering products. Over 400 merchants, including Kohl's, Old Navy and WalMart.com, have joined together to offer up to 50% of sales to our school for shopping through SchoolStore.com.
You shop online for what you are planning to purchase anyway and support our school. Simply go to www.schoolstore.com, select our school (School code: 8981) and let the shopping begin!! Feel free to share with family members and friends.
September 23rd: Picture Re-Takes
October 5th-16th: Fall Break - No School
October 26th, 27th & 29th: Parent-Teacher Conferences