Parent Connect October 21, 2016

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!

GCCS Educational Foundation's Golf Fore Kids

The 16th Annual GCCS Educational Foundation's Golf Fore Kids presented by Insulated Roofing Contractors and supported by many generous partners including the Jeffersonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #100 was a huge success! Our 84 golfers and twelve volunteers enjoyed beautiful weather and a great day at Elk Run golf course in Jeffersonville. The GCCS Educational Foundation raised over $50,000 this year that will make a difference in our classrooms! It will help fund programs such as the transformational Ford Next Generation Learning initiative. It will support College and Career Readiness initiatives such as teacher externships, ACT testing for all juniors and workplace skills training for every high schooler. Finally, these donations will allow the Foundation to continue providing grants so our educators have access to the most effective resources for teaching.

Thank you to our sponsors of the event!

Double Eagle Sponsor - Insulated Roofing Contractors

Birdie Sponsor - Kovert Hawkins Architects

Champion Sponsors - Amatrol, Clark County Sheriff's Office, George Pfau's Sons Company, Inc., Jeffersonville FOP Lodge 100, and Your Community Bank

Par Sponsors - America Place, Applegate Fifer Pulliam, LLC, Axiom Financial Strategies Group, Clark Memorial Hospital, Coyle Auto Group, Flooring Concepts, Harshaw Trane, Humana, L&D Mail Masters, and Matrix Integration

Kentucky Science Center Youth Science Summit at Jeffersonville High School

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Provides Grant for Follow-up Support to Training

Lisa Miller’s second grade class at Utica Elementary School works with Heather Burns, Outreach Director of Commonwealth Theatre Center, on using the tools of actors to create theatre out of books. Students reflected on the author’s purpose in writing the book and explored sophisticated vocabulary and themes using pantomime and tableaux.

Through the “Giving Legs to Literature” Grant funded by Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Commonwealth Theatre is working with Greater Clark County Schools teachers to make literature come alive off the pages of books! High ability cluster classroom teachers who participated in the “Differentiating Curriculum for High Ability Students in the Cluster Classroom” training session using the Indiana Department of Education English/Language Arts High Ability Connections curriculum last spring are being offered follow-up, in class support on ideas to extend that curriculum from professional actor-educators from Commonwealth Theatre. Using the curriculum’s books, such as Weslandia, Walter Was Worried, and The Boy Who Loved Words, the artist-educators use drama to scaffold and extend the lessons outlined in the training. Through these workshops, the actor-educators provide a fun way for students to experience success with sophisticated vocabulary and concepts normally reserved for older children - thus encouraging a solid work ethic; improving teachers' sense of professional status by allowing them the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals to facilitate instruction that is child-centered; raise the quality of instruction by using a curriculum that is differentiated from the top down; and address the social needs of high ability students and public presentation skills of all students in the process. Thank you Community Foundation of Southern Indiana!

New Washington Schools' Fall Festival

Spring Street Spooky 5K & Scarecrow Shuffle Kids Run

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