Parent Connect November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day

Ford Next Generation Learning

The Steering Committee will finalize the Master Plan to submit to the Ford Next Generation Learning Network for approval by the end of the calendar year.

Ford Motor Company’s Next Generation Learning (NGL) program is a unique and comprehensive community initiative that brings together educators, employers, and community leaders to implement a proven model for transforming secondary schools, which ultimately improves the regional workforce development system.

Ford NGL has played a pivotal role in the tremendous success of the model site in Nashville, Tennessee. After two informal meetings with Ford NGL, a meeting was held with school district and community leaders in January 2016 where national representatives had a chance to provide an overview of the Ford NGL initiative. Teams of GCCS representatives also visited Nashville to observe the Ford NGL implementation. In April 2016, Ford NGL’s top coach out of Nashville visited the district and toured Charlestown High School and Jeffersonville High School, met with sixty school and community leaders, and finished the day by meeting with Building Leadership Teams from all three high schools.

In September, a diverse group of 65 individuals including educators, business representatives, and post-secondary education leaders, also known as the Steering Committee, began the process of drafting a Master Plan to submit to the Ford Next Generation Learning Network on behalf of Greater Clark County Schools. This Master Plan will be completed by the end of the calendar year and available for all stakeholders to review. Joining the Ford NGL network will be a tremendous opportunity that will enable Greater Clark County Schools to evolve its successful College and Career Readiness efforts by creating sustainable systems of community engagement and secondary school transformation. The goal of the district is to begin the transition to Ford NGL model during the 2017-18 school year, with full transition to the career academy model during the 2018-19 school year. The career academy model that will increase relevancy for students and better prepare all students for post-secondary opportunities by creating direct pathways to regional colleges and businesses. Ford NGL will transform education, it will transform our region's economic development and transform our community.

Look for more information about Ford Next Generation Learning in future newsletters.

Speak Up Survey

Each year, the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning asks K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. This data will also be used as part of the district's Digital Citizenship grant. Click here and please take a few moments to complete the parents survey. Your input is valued and appreciated!

Courier Journal's Share a Story Day

The Courier-Journal, 100.5 KISS FM and the National Center for Families Learning invite you to Share a Story Day from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, November 19th at three local libraries to promote literacy and a love of reading.

• Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 E. Court Ave.

• Louisville Free Public Library, Downtown Branch, 301 York St.

• Louisville Free Public Library, Southwest Branch, 9725 Dixie Hwy.

Each location will feature four story times with adults from the community reading to kids. There will be craft activities for kids, raffles of fun prizes, and visits from storybook characters Pete the Cat (Downtown), Froggy (Southwest) and Junie B. Jones (Jeffersonville). And best of all, each child goes home with a free book!

Share a Story Day is supported by the Louisville Free Public Library, the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, the National Center for Families Learning and 100.5 KISS FM.

Youth Science Summit at Jeffersonville High School

Thank you to the Kentucky Science Center for hosting the Youth Science Summit on November 5th at Jeffersonville High School for middle and high school students. Participating students enjoyed a day-long Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) focused event that put them on track to becoming a leader of tomorrow. The Youth Science Summits help matched their big ideas to potential careers, programs, and fields of study.

Through interactive industry labs, team dialogue and activities, and speed mentoring sessions, students were face-to-face with the S.T.E.M. professionals in our region who are changing the world every day.

2017-18 School Calendar

The Board of School Trustees has approved the calendar for the 2017-18 school year. Click here to download a copy from our website.

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