MIS News October 22nd, 2021

**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 opportunities that are being offered in the community such as cheerleading, basketball, dance and many other activities for your child to become involved throughout the year.


Exceeding Expectations: The following students received five or more positive marks on their Character Card last week. We appreciate them for being respectful, responsible, having a positive attitude and for leading by example.

James S., Cash C., Emalyn E., Sophia T., Ali M., Nathaniel T., Avery H., Olivia S., Owen B., Abbi M., Hank N., Paige C., Jacob C., Jack J., Hailey F., Morgan G., Karisa P., Brody S., Bryce E., Madison L., Hannah E., Layton R., Audrey L., Kam D., Aries F., Garrett H., Quentin G., Liam A., Audrey H., Grace G., Ava B., Henry C,, Mati D., Brooklyn S., Willa C., Brooklyn E., Grant S., Eric S., Sarah A., Chase A., Willow S., Bryson R., Delanie L., Stephen W., Brooklyn W., Brylee C., Hunter P., Von Q., Nick W., Gavin R., Bella F., Zoey B., Riley T., Will F., Olivia B., Savanna B., Lucas G., Bailey S., Gabe E., Josh S., Xander S., Jessica K., Olivia R., Emma M., Molli J., Carter E., Layla D., Kristian T., Makenzie G., Allison S., & Ciana R.


A few 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. Each Friday, 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 last week:

"I’m thankful for Mrs. Hall because she would help me with all my problems and gave me courage to do things that I was scared to do before. She is really thoughtful."

"Dear Mr. Gilman, I’m thankful for you because you were a good fourth grade teacher."

Lunch Menus

As mentioned prior to break, there will likely be changes to the menu from this point forward. Please find the latest update below. Even with the update, we have a change on Monday to Chicken Patty, Steamed Corn and Berries/Fruit. I remind you that these changes are outside of our control and are due to a shortage of certain items as well as delivery issues. We will do our best to keep you as up-to-date as possible.

e-learning day

Our first e-learning day is quickly approaching. On November 12th, students will NOT be on site for school. Teachers will provide students with lessons via Google Classroom and will have office hours during the day. With the remainder of the day, teachers will be participating in building and districtwide professional development. As soon as the schedule is finalized, be on the lookout for office hours in teacher newsletters as well as here.

Our second, and final, e-learning day of the year will be on February 14th, 2022.

Report cards

First nine week report cards are now available in the Powerschool Parent Portal (Website Only). Please login and select Student Progress Center from the menu on the left side of the screen.

Hancock County Christmas Connection

Christmas Assistance applications will be available from Mr. Scott Stroud, School Social Worker from November 1st-19th.

Families, churches, or organizations who wish to sponsor a family in need should also contact Mr. Stroud.

For additional information, please call Maxwell Intermediate School at 317-326-3121 or email Mr. Stroud at sstroud@gcsc.k12.in.us

National elementary honor society

Maxwell Intermediate School will be starting a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society next year. We will have our first induction of students in the spring of this year for our returning students who qualify. Specific information regarding qualifications can be found at the links below. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Knecht-Strong ( dknecht-strong@gcsc.k12.in.us), MIS NEHS Advisor.

mis Fall Book Fair

The Book Fair has arrived!! MIS is very happy to have it back in the building and be able to put more books into the hands of our students. Every purchase made helps our school buy more books for our library. Even though we are unable to have a Family Night event at the school, this link will allow you to browse the Book Fair from home and plan purchases with your child. We are able to accept cash, check (made out to Maxwell Intermediate School), or credit card. THANK YOU so much for your support!!

parent/teacher conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 4th & 9th. If you have not already scheduled a time on one of these two evenings, please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher.


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.

Maxwell Pick-up/Drop-off

- Doors open at 7:35am for Drop-off

- Pick up - 2:10pm Dismissal

Again this year, you will enter the drive west of the football field off of 500 North (BLUE LINE on picture below). The drop-off point will be located at the northeast doors (Gym). You will loop around and exit onto 500 North. If it is a possibility, we would encourage as many of you to head west on 500 North to eliminate some of the congestion on State Road 9.

Our south parking (ORANGE/RED) lot is for busses only between 7:20-7:55am and 1:35-2:25pm as busses stage there. At any other time of the day, this is used for parent parking. The east lot (aqua) can be used if you need to enter the building during drop-off or pick-up times.

The drive on the far north of our property is for bus traffic only. There should be no parent traffic on this drive at any time.

To best ensure your child makes it to the classroom on time, and safely, please remember the following rules in car line:

School dismissal manager

For your convenience, Maxwell Intermediate School will continue to utilize the an on-line dismissal management system called School Dismissal Manager (SDM). It is dependable, easy-to-use, and can be updated by parents and guardians from the convenience of your smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Through the on-line dismissal management system, you can:

• Report student absences and late arrivals

• Schedule early departures from school

• Schedule after-school activities such as scouting, clubs, and enrichment classes, etc.

• Make transportation changes as late as 1:15 PM on the current day … and so much more!

Please contact the front office at 317-326-3121 if you have any questions or problems setting up your child’s default dismissal or making daily changes.


October 25th-29th: Book Fair

November 4th & 9th: Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 12th/February 14th: e-Learning Days

November 24th: Teacher Work Day/Flex (No School for Students)

November 25th & 26th: Thanksgiving Break (No School)


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