Parent Connect September 23, 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!

Teacher Professional Development Day

On September 21st, GCCSchools teachers participated in professional development sessions. Elementary staff attended trainings at Charlestown High School and secondary staff at Jeffersonville High School. Professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources, and more.

All Pro Dad's at Wilson Elementary

All Pro Dad's provides an opportunity for dads or other important men in a student's life to spend quality time with their children to help strengthen their relationship, along with benefiting their relationship with the child's school and the entire community. The Wilson Elementary PTO brought the program to the school beginning this school year and their first event was a huge success! The Wilson Elementary PTO held their first All Pro Dad's meeting on Friday, September 16 with over 150 people in attendance! Wilson Elementary fourth grade teacher Paige Schueler stated, "I truly feel it has already made a difference in some of our students' lives. The joy on our students' faces as they got to introduce their special person to friends and other adults was quite incredible." It was one of the largest turnouts All Pro Dad's has had for any of the schools in Southern Indiana that participate in the program. Great job Wildcats!

JHS Graduate Wins Gold at Rio Paralympics

For years, Jeffersonville High School athletics has been focusing on one thing: state championships. But for Class of 1985 athlete Andre Shelby, he may have just upped the ante for future Red Devils.

On September 14th, Shelby competed in the finals of the men's compound open archery event during the Rio Paralympics Games. Making his Paralympic debut, Shelby entered the event as the No. 12 seed, and would need to string together five consecutive wins for a shot at a medal. To add to the pressure, Shelby was the first African American to ever compete in the Paralympic archery event.

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Olympic Team

Despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, Shelby stayed true to his training he has undergone since 2010. From his wheelchair, Shelby would knock out Spain, Great Britain and Brazil to move into the semifinal round. The former Navy veteran would defeat Jonathon Milne of Australia 139-138 in the semifinals, guaranteeing him at least a silver medal in the Games.

But silver wasn't enough for Shelby, as he would go on to score a 144-143 victory over Italy's Alberto Luigi Simonelli. The win would clinch gold for the JHS graduate, bringing home his, and Jeffersonville High School's, first ­ever Paralympic gold medal.

To honor Shelby and his accomplishments, Jeffersonville High School will recognize his family at tonight's Homecoming football game against Providence High School. Recognition will take place prior to the National Anthem.

String Art a State Project at Spring Hill Elementary

Spring Hill Elementary fifth grade students recently completed their String Art a State Project. The students used a variety of different skills to complete their projects. Great job Wildcats!

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!

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