Staff Insight April 21, 2017

GCCS Educational Foundation "Champions for Children" Event

On Thursday, April 20th, The GCCS Educational Foundation and the Jeffersonville F.O.P. Lodge #100 hosted “Champions for Children” at Huber's Plantation Hall to honor this year's Champions, recognizing the many contributions of Greater Clark staff who, in their words, help the students in our community succeed and grow into our future leaders.

The event had a two-fold purpose. First, to recognize building certified and classified staff members of the year who have made an outstanding contribution to their school/building and community. The second purpose of the event was to raise much-needed funds for the Educational Foundation’s initiatives. It is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser and supports programs like the ACT Testing Initiative which covers the cost of the ACT test for all juniors, ACT WorkKeys job skills assessment to all seniors, classroom grants to allow flexibility and creativity in the classroom, and our robust teacher externship program.

The “Champions for Children” was an evening to celebrate excellence; excellence through innovation, excitement and enthusiasm in teaching and excitement in the demonstration of Greater Clark County Schools’ motto of “Bridging Excellence and Opportunities.”

Certified Staff Member of the Year

Congratulations to our Certified Staff Member of the Year Bill Jones from New Washington Middle/High School! Bill is a true Champion for Children dedicating 25 years of his life to the district. In 2014, Greater Clark County Schools began its pursuit of radio frequencies both Jeffersonville and Charlestown through a process initiated by the Federal Communications Commission. Through an interlocal agreement with the City of Charlestown, the district secured a frequency that is used at Charlestown High School and New Washington High School.

He has worked tirelessly the last few years to build the radio/television program at New Washington Middle/High School. He started training a group of students who had zero experience in the skills needed to run the program and in this short amount of time, he has trained them while building their skill and abilities. The extra hours spent outside of the school day to instruct and mentor students has creating something the entire school and community are extremely proud of. Students have gained self-confidence and are using media platforms to help teachers, encourage other students and spotlight community events. Bill is an example of an exemplary employee. His life is about helping Mustangs be the best they can be! Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Greater Clark County Schools Teacher of the Year – Bill Jones from New Washington Middle/High School.

Classified Staff Member of the Year

Congratulations to our Classified Staff Member of the Year Pam Haviland from Riverside Elementary! Pam has been with the district for 18 years, but a para-educator for 26 years. She began her career in the state of Washington where she completed an apprenticeship to become a para-educator and earned a Journeyman’s Card.

Pam Haviland has had a love for children all her life. She was a foster parent for many years and adopted two children. Pam has been active as a support person for her colleagues, serving as President of the Greater Clark Para-Educator Association for 16 years. During that time, she was responsible for negotiating contracts, instituting professional development, plus much more. In 2010, Pam was awarded the Indiana Education Support Personnel of the Year Award. Just this past year, she was elected to the Indiana State Teacher’s Association Board where she has been a presenter at many conferences and sacrifices many weekends to improve the education of our students.

Pam Haviland is a role model to those she works with and is respected by all. Her contribution to the district is immeasurable. Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Classified Employee of the Year – Pam Haviland from Riverside Elementary!

Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to Jeffersonville High School Principal for being honored at the 2016-2017 Administrator of the Year! Julie has been instrumental to support the transition to the Ford Next Generation Learning model all while working diligently to keep JHS a "B" high school (as defined by the Indiana Department of Education) for the past three years. Her focus on College & Career Readiness earned the school the recognition of being one of Indiana's 200 Promising Practice schools. Most recently, ACT identified Jeffersonville High School as one of a select group of high schools in Indiana for the ACT College and Career Transition Award. High schools were identified based on ACT test data and high school demographics. ACT State Councils—comprised of education and workforce professionals from all 50 states—chose the school for state exemplar designation. Julie Straight is a true Champion!

Advanced Manufacturing Donates to VEX Robotics Program

On April 20th, Charlestown High School students/teachers and district administrators accepted a $4769.82 donation from Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics Network to help fund the GCCS VEX Robotics Program. In VEX competitions, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundations, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams. Classroom STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing) concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Click here to read more information and check out pictures from the district's Elementary Robotics VEX IQ Rookie Scrimmage held earlier this school year. Thank you

Jonathan Jennings Elem. presents "Singin' in the Rain"

Students at Jonathan Jennings Elementary have been working diligently on the production Singin' in the Rain Jr. since October 2016. This production is full of singing, tap dancing and vaudeville style comedy. Sixty-two cast members from the elementary school, along with 15 Charlestown High School students assisting with tech and set, will begin performances tonight!

Performances are Friday, April 21 at 7:00 and Sunday, April 23 at 2:00. Contact Jonathan Jennings Elementary at (812) 256-7284 to purchase tickets.

Jeffersonville High School Dance Marathon

Jeffersonville High School will host a Dance Marathon on Saturday, May 13th to benefit Riley Hospital for Children. The goal is to raise $12,000 in order to ensure that Riley Hospital can continue to provide the highest quality of care for Indiana children. The marathon is open to the community and there will be a variety of activities including dancing, crafts, games, sports tournaments and more! Monetary support or in-kind donations will make this event a true success. Contact Jeffersonville High School Assistant Principal Dr. Mariane Fisher at for more information.

Jeffersonville Elementary Art Show

The GCCS Elementary Art Show will be held at the Jeffersonville Public Library from now until April 27th. Artwork will be featured from the following elementary schools: Bridgepoint, Maple, Northaven, Riverside, Spring Hill, Thomas Jefferson, Utica and Wilson. Stop by anytime and see the beautiful artwork produced by our talented GCCS elementary students! The Jeffersonville Public Library is located at 211 East Court Avenue in Jeffersonville.

Register for the 2017-2018 School Year

Online registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open! Online registration, through the program InfoSnap, eases the completion and submission of a multitude of forms that are required to register your students with the district. Click here to visit our website to register your returning student. Current students will need a password, also known as a Snapcode, to register online. Parents/guardians will receive a letter next week with their child's snapcode and you can access the snapcode in the Power School Parent Portal/Student Portal by selecting "Account Preferences." The snapcode will be displayed directly under "Account Preferences" once selected. Click here to register a new student (i.e. kindergarten). If you have questions, please contact your child's school or the Administration Building at (812) 283-0701.

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