Geist Gazette

May 13, 2016

Upcoming Dates

Click here to view the current activities calendar at Geist Elementary.

Monday, May 16

Track Club - Grade 4

Spanish Lessons

NWEA Testing continues - through May 20

1st Grade Field Trip to Ritchey Woods (Bradburn/Beck/Cameron)

4th Grade Visit to Intermediate Schools

Engineering Club

Parent Meetings for Incoming 5th Graders at Intermediate Schools (7:00 pm)

Tuesday, May 17

Geist Running Club - Grade 3

NWEA Testing

4th Grade Track Meet (5:00 PM at HSEHS)

Wednesday, May 18

NWEA Testing

Crafting with Clay

Tennis Lessons

Rain Date - 4th Grade Track Meet

Thursday, May 19

Spanish Lessons

NWEA Testing

Crafting with Clay

Friday, May 20

Geist Running Club

NWEA Testing

Crafting with Clay

Chess Club


Spanish Lessons

Wednesday, May 25

Field Day

9:30 -11:30 - Grades K-1-2

1:00 - 3:00 - Grades 3-4

Tennis Lessons

Thursday, May 26

Last Day of School

Report Cards Posted

Spanish Lessons

Specials Rotation

May 16 - 20 - Week 1

May 23 - 27 - Week 1 (No PLC)

Lunch Menu

May 16 - 20 - Week 3

May 23 - 27 - Week 1

*Note on May 25 (Field Day) the only lunch choice will be a chicken corn dog, apple slices, carrots, chips, a treat and milk.

Click the links to see the lunch and breakfast menus. Visit the HSE Food Services page for prices and nutritional information.

Our New Gaga Pit - In Memory of Dayo

Geist Elementary students have a new gaga ball pit on the playground! The pit was a joint project between our Student Council, Mr. Reynolds and Colin Patrick. Colin is a sophomore at HSE High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 109, as well as a former Geist Gator. He built the pit as his Eagle Scout service project, and was assisted by Kasey B., Reed A. and Jake E. in Mrs. Kappus' 4th grade class. The Student Council raised funds through several Spirit Days.

Dayo A. was a student in Mrs. Friedle's 2nd grade class who passed away early this school year. Members of his family were in attendance at the dedication ceremony.

Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees.

PTO Corner

Don't miss all the news from our awesome PTO! Click here for this week's issue.

Stamp Out Hunger

Thank you for your support of Room 15's efforts to "Stamp Out Hunger" and help collect non-perishable food items for Third Phase Food Pantry. We collected 144 feet of food, which is approximately 432 items! We really appreciate your support of this activity!

Does Your Child Have Medicine in the Clinic?

Dear Geist Parents,

As we head into the last few weeks of school I wanted to remind any parents who have sent medications to school for their children, that we will be sending All medications home with them on the last day of school. If you want to pick them up instead of having them sent home with your child, you must make arrangements with the clinic in advance. This includes Epi Pens, Inhalers, prescription and over the counter medicines. For those whose child has an Auvi-Q epinephrine device, we will Not be accepting them next year due to the recall of the device. Call the clinic if you have any questions and have a Wonderful Summer!!

Your Nurses,

Kristin Carnovale RN

Laura Phillips RN

Lemonade Day - May 17

Mrs. Adams' kindergartners are participating in Lemonade Day this year. They have been working hard to promote their lemonade stand that they will sell during all lunch periods on Tuesday, May 17th. The students in room 7 will be selling a small 3 quart dixie cup of lemonade for 50 cents. The class will be donating 50% of their proceeds to the IMPD K-9 Association. Please consider buying a delicious cup of lemonade on Tuesday and supporting our police dogs! We look forward to serving you and thank you for your business.

-Room 7 Kindergators

Friends of the Library Club

Thank you and congratulations to the most recent Friends of the Library Club member Chloe R. (June).

Talent and Hobby Days

Talent and Hobby days are coming to a Music room near you! During the week of May 23-26, all students in grades 1-4 are invited to share their special talents with their classes during their regular music classes. Piano, guitar, gymnastics, singing, juggling, magic, hula hooping, ballet, joke telling and art work are some talents you may have and want to share during music class. If you are not sure what your special talents are yet, you may want to share your special Hobbies-for example: sports, sewing, collecting things, scrapbooking, photography, building things. Bring in your uniform, trophies, pictures, scrap book, items that you sewed, built or designed and share your hobby. (No video games, please.) You may bring in a device to show us a video of you doing your special hobby-for example: horseback riding!

We will have a day in music class to sign-up if you are interested in sharing your talent or hobby. We will all look forward to discovering more about our friends at school!

Mrs. Taylor


April 18 - May 20: ISTEP Window (Grades 3 & 4)

May 2-20: NWEA Testing Window (Grades K-4)

Enrolling New Students

Student enrollment for new students has gone online. Current HSE families can enroll a sibling from their Skyward/Family Access accounts. Students who are currently enrolled and are active students at Geist or any HSE school do not need to re-enroll for the coming year. If you have a student who will be new to Geist Elementary next school year please click here to enroll.


Students are identified in two ways:

• those with exceptional cognitive potential

• those with outstanding achievement in mathematics/reading.

More information here:

Measuring Academic Achievement

Normative data from the NWEA test is used to identify high academic achievement for students in reading or math.

The NWEA is an adaptive test that provides progress scores as well as national norms.

All students in grades K – 6 participate in the NWEA two times a year.

Grades K and 1 students who score at the 99 percentile and grades 2-6 students who score between the 95th - 99thpercentile on national norms from the spring administration of NWEA will be identified as eligible for service in the areas of mathematics, reading, or both depending on the results of the test.

All students in grades K, 2, and 5 who have not already fully qualified in both reading and math through NWEA will then participate in a cognitive potential screener.

Measuring Cognitive Potential

This second round of testing is intended to find any students with cognitive potential that might have been missed through achievement testing.

A screen is a short version of a test followed by a full version pending screening results.

In measuring cognitive potential, we use the CogAT, a nationally normed test of aptitude.

Students in grades K and 2 will take a CogAT screener. Scores at or above the 80th percentile on the CogAT screener will qualify for the full CogAT. In grade 5 scores at or above the 80th percentile on the NWEA will qualify participation in the full CogAT.

A score between the 95th - 99th percentile on the full CogAT at grades K, 2, and 5 indicates that the student qualifies to receive high ability services.

Potential Third Qualifying Test

Students with results that just miss the cut off score within the standard error of measure (SEM) on either test are eligible for a third qualifier. The Scales for Identifying Gifted Students Inventory (SIGS) will be used to collect data from parents and teachers. A score between the 95th – 99th percentiles on the SIGS indicates that the student qualifies to receive high ability services.

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Geist Half Marathon Volunteers Needed

The Geist Half Marathon is Saturday, May 21st. Please click here to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Get Hooked on Scouting....Join Us For a Fishing Day

Register online:

Please join us for a fun afternoon of fishing! Stop by one of these locations between 2—4 p.m. to get your first taste of Cub Scouting.

Two opportunities to get "Hooked on Scouting!"


Sunday, May 15 at Saxony Lake

13288 Pennington Road


Sunday, May 22 at Meadowlark Park

450 Meadow Lane


Emily Roesch, Del-Mi District Executive — or 317.813.7128


Fall 2016 Open Registration for football, cheerleading, soccer, girls volleyball, fall baseball, cross country and boys and girls winter basketball will begin on May 1 and continue through May 31 (basketball registration remains open through August 31). Registration forms will be available on the S.P.O.R.T.S. website, at the S.P.OR.T.S. office, at all HSE schools and the Fishers Library. Parents may also register online and can pay online with a credit card or can print the registration form and submit it to the S.P.O.R.T.S. office with cash or check payment. Credit cards are not accepted in the office.

S.P.O.R.T.S. Youth Volleyball Competitive League Evaluations - for girls entering 5th and 6th grade in the fall of 2016 and interested in playing in the competitive league in the fall, will take place on Monday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 18. Girls must be registered for volleyball through S.P.O.R.T.S. to tryout. Registration begins May 1. Click here for more information.

Fishers-HSE Cheerleading registration is taking place during the month of May. Late registration will be available beginning June 1 with a $10 late fee for a limited time. Due to the discontinuation of the current uniform, everyone cheerleader must attend one of the offered uniform fittings either on Thursday, May 19 or Tuesday, June 6 in the Community Room at Billericay Park from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Fishers-HSE Cheerleading is seeking new board members for various positions. Please let us know if you would be interested in joining,

HSE-Fishers Youth Girls Lacrosse is seeking members for their newly established youth board. Please email Shannon Murray, if you are interested in running for a position or have questions. Interested individuals are invited to attend the next board meeting scheduled for May 11. Youth parents are asked to become involved and help shape the future of the growing youth girls lacrosse league!

S.P.O.R.T.S. Youth Soccer board is in need of a treasurer and secretary. If interested, contact Alyssa Anderson at

Southeastern Rugby - With 94 kids registered for the 2016 season, Southeastern Youth Rugby is now the fourth-largest youth rugby club in America. Come out and cheer for the kids when Cyntheanne Park hosts semi-state and state on May 28 and May 30. For more information, go to

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