Staff Insight January 13, 2017

No School on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Reminder: There is no school on Monday, January 16th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

GCCS Technology Update

Greater Clark County Schools thanks you for your patience and understanding about the recent closure of school and IT disruption due to water damage to the district's main IT communication system. Internet and the district's filter system are fixed, so students are able to access their Chromebooks.

Phone systems at some schools/buildings were not functioning properly due to the recent water damage to the district's main IT servers. Those systems have been fixed and all phones are working. If you have any issues contacting your child's school, please email Erin Bojorquez at ebojorquez@gccschools.com.

My School Bucks, the district’s online payment system for school meals, is still offline. Communication will be sent to parents/guardians when this service resumes. Until that time, please do not attempt to deposit funds into your child's account and students will need to have money for any extra ala carte purchases. Thank you for your understanding.

Human Resources Department Announcement

We would like to introduce to everyone the new procedure the GCCS Human Resources Department will be using to notify employees of important information. The first notification they will be posting will be regarding pay increases for this year. Increases have been calculated and will be applied to the January 20th paycheck for the applicable employees. To find a copy of the pay letter explaining your increase, please click here to sign into Skyward Employee Access online and follow the steps below:

1.) Make sure that you are in “Employee Access”.

3.) Click the “Personal Information” link.

4.) Click Employee Letters at the very bottom on the left hand side of the screen.

5.) Highlight which letter you would like to view.

6.) Click the View Document button on the right hand side.

If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources Department (812) 288-4802. Their staff will be happy to assist you!

GCCS School Board Welcomes New Members

Newly elected and re-elected Board of School Trustees members were sworn in at the Board of School Trustees regular meeting on Monday, January 9th. Welcome Katie Hutchinson and Milt Clayton to the School Board and welcome back Teresa Bottorff Perkins and Christina Gilkey.

Snow Make-Up Day

School will be in session on Presidents Day - Monday, February 20th, as a makeup day for the January 5th snow day. Please mark your calendar!

Charlestown High School Theatre Department Selected for 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Congratulations to the Charlestown High School Theatre Department for being selected to participate in the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. This is a huge honor for the theatre program and one given to very few high school programs in the country.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events. In 2016 there were 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.

School Messenger Text Alerts

Greater Clark County Schools utilizes School Messenger, a quick alert messaging service, to communicate weather related closures/delays and general communications such as important school announcements or events. One feature of School Messenger is the ability to send text message alerts. In order to participate in the text message service, you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone. The process is simple and will only take a few moments to complete. Follow the following steps: #1 - Ensure that your wireless number is listed the district’s student information system (Power School). Please contact your child’s school if you need to change your contact information. #2 - Text “yes” to the number 67587. #3 - You will know you were successful if you receive the following message: “You are registered to receive aprox 3 msgs/mo. Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help.” Please note, although the district does not charge for this service, it does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

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