Greenfield Junior High School

August 2019 Parent Newsletter

Principal's Message

Grizzly Parents,


Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! We are excited to welcome our 7th and 8th grade Grizzlies to Grizzly Nation. We look forward to an amazing year with all of our students and partnering with you to provide opportunities of success for every student.


Please take a moment to look over our Parent Newsletter, we will send out a new one each month. We are grateful to have your child here and for you selecting us to educate your child - we promise to do our very best each day to meet the needs of all of our students.



Brian Yee

Principal

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Follow Us on Instagram and Twitter

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Find us on Instagram: grjhs_grizz


Find us on Twitter: @grjhsgrizz

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GPS Annual Update Instructions - Every Parent Must Complete

As part of the GPS Annual Update that parents have been asked to complete, you will acknowledge GPS’s Electronic Use Agreement, Student Handbook and discipline procedures/policies. Students will not be issued a Chromebook until parents have completed the Annual Update since it also contains the Electronic Use Agreement. If you have not yet done so, please follow this link GPS Annual Update Instructions.


Chromebook distribution will begin Tuesday, August 6th, please complete the acknowledgement by Monday, August 5th. Thank-you in advance for your time and consideration with this request.

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First Day of School - Thursday, August 1, 2019

From 8:00 am to 8:40 am, all 7th grade students are asked to go to our cafeteria to get a copy of their schedule. It will be printed on yellow paper.


At 8:00 am to 8:40 am, all 8th graders are asked to go to the gym to get a copy of their schedule. It will be printed on green paper.


Warning bell rings at 8:36 am, dismissal bell rings at 3:30 pm.

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GRJHS Curriculum Night on Thursday, August 8th, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Everyone starts in our gym at 6:00 pm for a short welcome and presentation by GRJHS Administration

We invite you AND your child to our annual Open House at Greenfield Junior High School. We invite all of our 7th and 8th grade students and parents to attend. We will have a modified bell schedule that allows you to walk their daily schedule and hear a brief presentation from each of their teachers explaining their expectations and procedures for this school year.


We encourage you to bring your child as they can show you how to get to each of their classes. If you are unable to bring your child please print out your child’s schedule on Infinite Campus or utilize the Infinite Campus App to access their schedule.


Our schedule for the evening:


6:00 - 6:15 meet in the gym - short administration welcome and presentation
6:20 - 6:28 1st hour
6:32 - 6:40 2nd hour
6:44 - 6:52 3rd hour
6:56 - 7:04 4th/5th hour
7:08 - 7:16 6th hour
7:20 - 7:28 7th hour

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Chromebook Distribution to Students

Each of our student's will receive their Chromebook to use for the 2019-2020 school year the second week of school. Before students can take the Chromebooks with them they will have a series of presentations about Digital Citizenship and Chromebook Care. Each student will sign-off on the Chromebook and Electronic Policies on a handout distributed through their 2nd hour teacher. This handout must be returned before a student can take their Chromebook with them. Also, each parent must complete the online Annual Update Information prior to the students taking home their Chromebook. Please see the instructions listed above for the online piece for parents.


All presentations will be shared through our Grizzly Support and Connect (GSC) classes, which is our student's second hour.


Friday, August 2 - Student Handbook Presentation

Monday, August 5 - Digital Citizenship, Chromebook info

Tuesday, August 6 - Chromebook distribution, Chromebooks stay in 2nd hour

Wednesday, August 7 - Digital Citizenship Presentation, part 2, Chromebooks stay in 2nd hour

Thursday, August 8 - PRIDE program Presentation, Chromebooks go with students IF paperwork is turned in AND parents completed the online verification process.

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School Pictures on Wednesday, August 14th

7th graders will take their school pictures through their PE classes.


8th graders will take their school pictures through their English classes.


Students will receive their permanent school ID when they take their picture.

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2019-2020 Calendar

For the 2019-2020 school year, our school day starts with a warning bell at 8:36 AM. First Hour class begins at 8:40 AM. Our dismissal time is at 3:30 PM. The majority of Wednesdays will be an hour early release from school at 2:30 pm. Please see attached calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.


https://www.gilbertschools.net/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=72&dataid=7&FileName=2019-2020%20School%20Calendar.pdf

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Student Drop-Off and Student Pick-Up

Please take a moment to see our campus layout for student drop-off and student pick-up. Please take careful notice of the specific entrances and specific exits from our campus. Please be aware that the parking lot, Greenfield Road and Elliott Road back-up with traffic, especially the ten minutes before our first bell of the day and the first ten minutes after our last bell of the day.


When dropping off your student in the morning, please pull forward as far as possible. We understand that parents like to watch their child walk into the front gates - but when we do not move forward it restricts the traffic behind you and causes the back-up on Greenfield Road. After school please pull forward and have your child walk to your car to allow other cars behind you to pull into our parking lot.


When exiting onto Greenfield Road, please turn into the lane that you are in, for example, if you are on the inside lane exiting, please exit onto Greenfield Road onto the far right lane. Please see map below for details.


Please follow all street driving rules. There is NO stopping allowed on Greenfield Road and Elliott Road to drop-off or pick-up students. This is a safety hazard, please obey all traffic laws. Below is the link to the Arizona Traffic Laws:


https://www.azdot.gov/docs/default-source/mvd-forms-pubs/99-0117.pdf


Please be observant and aware of other vehicles, students walking and students on bikes/scooters/skateboards. Most of all, please be patient and kind and courteous to other drivers. Thank-you for your attention and assistance!!!

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Bell Schedules For The Week of August 5

Monday, August 5 – Extended GSC Bell Schedule

1st 8:40-9:30

GSC 9:34-10:34

2nd 10:34-11:24

3rd 11:28-12:18

7Lunch 12:18-12:48

4th 12:22-1:12

5th 12:52-1:42

8Lunch 1:12-1:42

6th 1:46-2:36

7th 2:40-3:30




Tuesday, August 6 – Extended GSC Bell Schedule

1st 8:40-9:30

GSC 9:34-10:34

2nd 10:34-11:24

3rd 11:28-12:18

7Lunch 12:18-12:48

4th 12:22-1:12

5th 12:52-1:42

8Lunch 1:12-1:42

6th 1:46-2:36

7th 2:40-3:30





Wednesday, August 7 – Extended GSC Bell Schedule on Early Release Wednesday

1st 8:40-9:20

GSC 9:24-10:24

2nd 10:24-11:04

3rd 11:08-11:48

7Lunch 11:48-12:18

4th 11:52-12:32

5th 12:22-1:02

8Lunch 12:32-1:02

6th 1:06-1:46

7th 1:50-2:30





Thursday, August 8 – Extended GSC Bell Schedule

1st 8:40-9:30

GSC 9:34-10:34

2nd 10:34-11:24

3rd 11:28-12:18

7Lunch 12:18-12:48

4th 12:22-1:12

5th 12:52-1:42

8Lunch 1:12-1:42

6th 1:46-2:36

7th 2:40-3:30





Friday, August 9 - Regular Bell Schedule

1st hour 8:40-9:40

2nd hour 9:44-10:44

3rd hour 10:48-11:48

7th gr lunch 11:48-12:18

4th hour (8th gr) 11:52-12:52

5th hour (7th gr) 12:22-1:22

8th gr lunch 12:52-1:22

6th hour 1:26-2:26

7th hour 2:30-3:30

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Grizzly Athletics


In order to try out for an athletic team, students must have completed an Eligibility Packet. The packet includes a physical examination form to be completed by a doctor. The packets are available on-line @ www.gilbertschools.net under Athletics.

Additionally, an athletic fee of $75.00 will be required for most sports.



During the summer months, we encourage students to receive their medical physicals to participate in our interscholastic athletic programs. Please log on to www.registermyathlete.com to register your child. Questions concerning Athletics, please contact our office at 480-813-1770, extension 406.


The Grizzlies are members of the Superstition Conference. Schools in this conference are Desert Ridge Junior High, Highland Junior High, Mesquite Junior High, South Valley Junior High, and Gilbert Classical Academy.



FALL SPORTS

Boys’ Soccer

Flag Football (Co-ed)

Girls’ Soccer

Girls’ Volleyball


WINTER SPORTS

Boys' Basketball

Winter Cheer

Cross Country (co-ed)

Dance Line

Girls' Softball

Wrestling


SPRING SPORTS

Boys' Baseball

Spring Cheer

Girls' Basketball

Track (co-ed)

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GPS Student Handbook - District and School Rules

The Junior High Student Handbook is available on the district website. This handbook outlines our procedures, activities, rules, etc. Please be sure you and your student take time to review these important guidelines to ensure your student’s success at GrJHS. Please take the time to review the attached student dress code policy; it is important for our students and parents to understand the expectations of the dress code before they start purchasing new clothes for the new school year.


https://www.gilbertschools.net/Domain/60

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GPS Chromebook Device Protection Plan (DPP)

As part of Gilbert Public School’s 1:1 technology initiative, parents have the option to enroll in the Device Protection Plan (DPP). Enrollment in the plan will minimize the potential repair and/or replacement fees associated with the device.



By selecting this plan ​you agree to pay a fee of $25 to be enrolled in the DPP. If a device becomes damaged, your student will take it to the school’s library and fill out the ​Student Device Repair Form (See Appendix B). The Technology Services repair department will repair the device. If​ the device is lost, a fee of $160 will be assessed. I​f the device is stolen while at school, the incident must be reported by the student to their teacher, librarian, or front office within 24 hours. If the device is stolen outside of school, the parent/guardian must file a police report within 48 hours. A copy of the report must be turned into the school’s front office.


Students who have purchased the DPP during the 2019-2020 school year and have not had a claim for damage to their device during the school year, will have their fee rolled over to the 2019-2020 school year and their device will remain covered under the DPP. The yearly roll over of the original DPP purchase will remain in place until the student is no longer a GPS student or has a claim. Devices will be periodically inspected to ensure the device is in good working condition and a claim is not being avoided.


There will be no refunds given on the original DPP purchase if a student leaves GPS or upon graduation. Special circumstances will be evaluated by school administration in collaboration with Technology Services.



Enrollment in the DPP does not begin until the $25 payment has been received and must be completed by August 30th, 2018. Students enrolling in Gilbert Public Schools after August 30th, 2018, will be given 2 weeks after their official GPS enrollment date to enroll in the Device Protection Plan.


Below is the link to the entire DPP Information:


https://www.gilbertschools.net/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=3612&dataid=2450&FileName=Device%20Protection%20Plan%202019-20.pdf

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Parent Teacher Resource Organization (PTRO)

Our PTRO is in full swing and has been actively working behind the scenes to support our students, staff and campus. One of their main ways to raise money for GRJHS is through their Business Sponsorship Program, please see the paperwork below. Brown Road Dental is our first PTRO Business Sponsor for the 2019-2020 school year, thank-you for your support!
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GrizzlyS.T.R.O.N.G.

Supportive

Trust

Respect

Organized

Never Give Up

Genuine


We ask our staff and students to be GrizzlyS.T.R.O.N.G.as we enter the new school year. Grizzlies Support each other through challenges. Grizzlies create Trust amongst each other. Grizzlies Respect others they come in contact with. Grizzlies are Organized. Grizzlies Never Give Up when the tough times cross our path. Grizzlies are Genuine with each other.


WE are, are YOU?

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Birthday Messages on our Electronic Marquee

Celebrate your Grizzly student’s birthday by placing their name on our electronic marquee. Our Student Council uses your $10.00 donation to support our students and staff during the school year. You can request the message through our front office, please see our receptionist, Mrs. Sanchez for details.

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Bus Route Information

Link to our district's Bus Route Information:


https://tsc-edulogweb.gilberted.net/livewq/webquery/



Link to our district's Transportation Department:


https://www.gilbertschools.net/Domain/73



Link to Grandfathered Boundary Bus Routes:


https://www.gilbertschools.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1421

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GPS Special Education Department

Link to our district's Special Education Department's Policies, Procedures, and Child Find Procedures:


https://www.gilbertschools.net/Domain/133

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GPS Gifted Education

Link to our district's Gifted Education Department:


https://www.gilbertschools.net/Domain/132

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GPS Community Education

Link to our district's Community Education Department:


https://www.gilbertschools.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=229

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GPS Election Information

Link to our district's Election Information:


https://www.gilbertschools.net/Domain/438

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