GCIS Weekly News 4/1/2016

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

GCIS Office News

Parent Advisory on Monday April 4th

GCIS Media Center


Topic: Data (Special Guest: Karen Sandberg: Teaching & Learning)

All parents are welcome!

GCIS Parents: as we work to continually improve safety measures we ask that all parents wait in the office area regarding all matters.

PBIS Trip: Our next PBIS Incentive Trip will be to the Web House the week of April 25th-29th.

Reading Challenge: We will be having another reading challenge for students to complete! Details were planned today and we will launch Friday March 18th prior to break and it will run up to the week of our PBIS incentive trip. (April 21st-25th) Click HERE for the link to information and details. Students were sent home with a copy today!

Please remember... to send lunch money with your students. There are alternative ways to pay! Just ask the office! Starting April 1 we will not be able to let your student charge on their lunch account. If you have any questions or concerns about this topic, please give us a call at 515-738-5721.

If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 515-738-5721.

GCIS Key Players of the Week!

Another Great Week at GCIS! Below are our Key Players of the week! Staff nominate students for demonstrating Key Behaviors throughout the week and coming to school every day trying their best, respecting all students everyday no matter what, and modeling leadership behaviors and qualities! Congrats to these students that make our school community great!
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Football Skills Clinic with the Hawkeyes

The link below was shared if any students are interested in attending!
Hawkeyes West Des Moines Open Practice & Kids Clinic

4th Grade Happenings!

Lit/SS: We have started learning about the regions of the United States focusing on economy, climate, culture and landforms.

Math: Unit 4 begins with multiplying ones by tens and hundreds and then multiplying tens by tens. We also worked on estimating using real world problems for practice. We need to keep practicing our multiplication facts! It makes solving problems so much easier when we know our facts!

Science is out of this world right now, literally!!! We are digging into the solar system and learning about the planets and moon phases.

Using Oreos to represent moon phases in science!

5th Grade Happenings!

Lit/SS: In reading, students are working on describing how a narrator’s point of view influences how events are described. In social studies, students are learning about historical English and French explorers and their impact on our world today.

Math: In math we are working on multiplying fractions. They are doing pretty well.

Science: We have started our study of minerals and rocks. We are currently learning uses for minerals in our daily lives.

6th Grade Happenings!

In reading, we are continuing to work on our economics projects. Students are researching how millennials are hesitant to use banks and what banks can do to better cater to the millennial generation. Students are creating presentations to send to a local bank with their suggestions. We are also discussing the role technology plays in our world and in our global economy.

In science, we are finishing up our acids and bases unit. Students have been learning the characteristics of each and how they interact.

In math, students are just finishing up their Power Point presentations about their dream cars. We will be introducing positive and negative integers on a number line.

Special Guests!

Guest speakers, Ashley Johnston and Teresa Hoyle from Home State Bank, teaching 6th graders about banks and their roles. Our guests helped us make connections to our community and prepare us for the real world. Great day of of learning centered around 21st Century Skills and Knowledge!
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Music Mania

Coming Up This Week!

4th Grade Spring Music Program

Tuesday, April 5th @ 7:00 p.m.

Greene County Intermediate Gymnasium

In May...

5th & 6th Bands/5th General Music

Thursday, May 5th @ 7:00 p.m.

Greene County Middle School Gymnasium

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Upcoming performance dates are Solo and Ensemble April 16th, and Spring concert May 5th.


The fifth graders are learning about conflict, what causes conflict and how to resolve conflict. We are also getting ready to present our family pictures.

The sixth graders are setting SMART goals. We are learning the difference between dreams and goals. In writing our SMART goals we realized it will be harder to get distracted and not meet our goals.


We started our Badminton Unit this week with learning some history of where it started and racket parts. Moving on with learning the forehand and backhand swings. Here’s a snapshot of a class.
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Media & Tech Lit

This week the students have been working on their typing skills. Typing is not just about locating the keys, it also includes ergonomics. This is the study of human work conditions, especially the interaction between human and machine. Through ergonomics we can find solutions to organize our work in order to be more efficient. Developing a comfortable typing position always helps us to work better.

By following the tips below, the students will be more successful in learning the keyboard.

Keyboarding Technique

  1. Sit straight, lean a bit forward from the waist; keep feet on the floor (if possible).

  2. Keep fingers somewhat curved as if around a tennis ball.

  3. Keep wrists above the computer so they do not touch it.

  4. Strike the keys with the correct fingers.

Keep eyes on the screen during keyboarding practice and on paper/book as you work to type notes, drafts, etc.


Get excited!

There is a BOGO (Buy One, Get One Free) Scholastic Book Fair coming up on April 11th through the 13th in the media center. Hours are 7:30-4 on Monday and Tuesday and 7:30-2 on Wednesday. Please feel free to stop in and check out all the wonderful titles and remember, if you buy one item, you get one FREE!!

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Counselor's Corner

Pennies for Patients

This week we are finishing up our Pennies for Patients fundraiser to support the Iowa Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fight to end blood cancers. The funds raised will support research to find the cure for blood cancers.

Nurse News

Is your child covered by health insurance? If your child is not covered and you are looking for affordable coverage there are options available. Hawk I and Medicaid are two of those options. Hawk I also has dental coverage for children with health insurance but no dental insurance. You can apply for coverage for Hawk I at http://www.hawk-i.org/en_US/apply.html or apply for medicaid at http://dhs.iowa.gov/how-to-apply.

Thinking Ahead to 2016-2017

As we look forward to the 2016-2017 school year, we are excited that your child again will be a student at Greene County Intermediate School in the fall.

Our goal at Greene County Intermediate School is to provide each student an engaging curriculum in a caring environment. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 are unique in intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth. Recognizing that these children are strikingly different from each other, a lot of time and consideration is put into the makeup of each class list.

As we begin to schedule students and organize students into homerooms , the items listed below are always considered when designing student placements.

  • Number of students in each class
  • Gender (balancing the number of girls/boys in each class as much as possible)
  • Behaviors (Recommendations from teachers as to the students who should be separated for success)
  • Other various needs

As you begin to think about next year and your individual child's needs, you may share these needs with me using the link below. Parent feedback will be considered as the schedule is designed and built. Classes will be arranged and posted prior to the first day of school at our back to school district registration day. This link will be available from Friday March 18th - Friday April 1st.

Parent Feedback Link

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