Parent Connect September 16, 2016

Reminder - No School for Students on Wednesday, September 21st

There will be no school for students on Wednesday, September 21st. Teachers will be attending professional development meetings.

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!

Charlestown High School Homecoming

Congratulations to 2016 Charlestown High School Football Homecoming King Amado Gomez and Queen Cheyenne Hawk! #PiratePRIDE

GCCS Nutrition Services/Charlestown H.S. an IDOE Best Practice

Congratulations to the GCCS Nutrition Services Department and Charlestown High School for being named an Indiana Department of Education Best Practice in Nutrition Education for the school's Iron Chef Competition.In addition to increasing the number of students eating daily in the cafeteria,

Charlestown High School’s food service department wanted to help students recognize that healthy food can also taste delicious. By collaborating with the FACS (Family and Consumer Science) teacher and her students, these goals were achieved. The teacher and her students began by working in the cafeteria with the food service staff.

Students helped prepare food for the lunch service and were charged with designing a display plate. Students were surveyed about new food options on the cafeteria line and that feedback was used to make menu planning changes. The students also helped promote menu changes by creating a video featuring newly available food options.

The Registered Dietitian for Greater Clark County Schools, Amanda Veneman, shared her knowledge in order to help students understand the importance of complying with Federal Guidelines. They analyzed various foods for nutrient content to ensure the recipes met the guidelines, and then they practiced preparing these menu items for the Charlestown High School Iron Chef Competition. When asked to comment on this new endeavor, the dietitian said, “By letting students participate in the menu planning process, they will have a better understanding of nutritional needs and how to make the foods they love meet the guidelines and taste amazing.”

The inaugural Iron Chef Competition involved students (enrolled in Nutrition & Wellness) competing against the school district chef and his food service team. After dividing into four teams, the students competed for the chance to have their recipes featured on the cafeteria menu. The competitors faced off in a culinary battle before a panel of judges (including the Superintendent) who sampled each teams’ prepared entrée, fruit and vegetable dishes. Judging criteria included taste, plating, and creativity. The Iron Chef Competition was a success and now the students are willing and excited to try the healthy options featured in the cafeteria. (Source: Indiana Department of Education)

New Washington Elementary Color Walk

Thanks to the New Washington Elementary PTO for hosting a Color Walk on Friday, September 9th. Students, parents and staff members had a fantastic time creating memories! #MustangPRIDE

New Washington Digital Citizenship Night a Success

The DC Superheroes of New Washington High School, a newly formed student led team whose mission is to promote digital leadership in the school community, are being called into action to hosted a digital party on Wednesday, September 14th with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as their trusty sidekicks. They invited all New Washington community students and parents to encounter the latest technology and travel virtually through space and time with Google Cardboard. Thank you to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office for being available to answer questions about cyber safety.

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