GCIS Friday Focus 1/13/17

We're Not Here to be average; we're here to be AWESOME!

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Weekly Duties

Special thanks to all the duty teachers and your efforts to keep our spaces in the morning and afternoon safe! Please let me know if there is anything that we may need to adjust.

Link to AM/PM Duties

PLEASE NOTE...

If we have any days that are canclled due to weather we will not count that day, and the day we return will be be the next day, (i.e. If no school on Monday we will start Tues with a DAY 4)

What's Happening This Week!

Monday: 1/16

  • NO SCHOOL due to Weather


Tuesday: 1/17 Day 4

  • 7:30am Mtg at MS
  • 5th grade Lunchroom re-teaching 8:35 am
  • Mtg: Brenda O. & Julie 2:00 pm


Wednesday: 1/18 Day 1

  • Child Study
  • Lunch dates conference room
  • Clubs
  • Genius Hour Group 6th grade
  • K-12 Collaboration
  • Meeting 6th grade & MS SpEd 3:30 (after K12 collab at HS)
  • Board Mtg 5:15 pm


Thursday: 1/19 Day 2

  • Admin Mtg 2pm

Friday 1/20 Day 3

  • Mtg w/ Tim 9:30 am
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Things Coming to Add to the Calendar!

Future Dates (This is the doc that was shared at the beginning of the year)


Iowa Assessment Testing Week of Feb 6th-10th

Make Up Testing: Feb 13th-17th


PBIS Winter Bash Friday February 24th


  • 7 oaks sledding
  • Skateland Jefferson
  • Hidden Acres



No School March 1st


Spring Break: March 13th-17th


GCIS Spring Conferences: March 21st & 23rd


  • 4:00 pm-7:00 pm

Weekly Links...

Awesome Students of the Week (Due Thursday by Noon)


Newsletter (Due Thursday Noon)


Lunchdates w/ Van Cleave


*Postcards Due to Heather by noon on Thursday


  • Our goal is to drop in mail Thursday afternoon. If you need more cards see H. Hadley

Shout Out!

Wanted to say thanks for to all grade level teachers taking time out of community time this past week to gather and talk through the lunchroom of what is going well and what we can improve on. Great conversations with students. I look forward to having time with Jeanise and T. Ferg to plan a lunchroom challenge to focus on the areas that the students pointed out.


Thanks to our AWESOME lunch ladies for allowing us to use the lunchroom with each grade level in the mornings right after breakfast. The students tell me almost daily how much they love the food you make and the extra time you spend making the food great, and their stomachs full. Thanks for all you do!


Special Shout out to the Band and Music teachers that are helping with coverage will Bob is recovering. If you see these individuals in the hallway, please thank them for their flexibility and willingness to adjust their schedule for our students! And of course Brenda R. is a ROCKSTAR...she has been amazing with organizing and communicating needs.


Thanks Fester & Fisher for also stepping up and covering the month of Feb. for Brenda Roberts in Tuesdays and Fridays. We appreciate you!


I want to give a shout out to the 6th grade team! They have been eating with their students every Wednesday and holding lunch dates! Many of the students have shared how much they love this time! You all Rock!


I wanted to highlight the 5th grade team, they are already planning their next performance task and have already scheduled a planning day for the end of this month! Way to Work It!!!


4th grade team I wanted to highlight encouraging and challenging your students to read over break! What a great example of reading in the wild! I love that you have planned a sledding trip as the incentive to deepen the relationships you are building. Keep It Up!


Brenda thanks for connecting us with #ditchthetextbook What great learning for us to challenge us as educators, all while in our PJs and slippers! Perfect time to dive into this self paced learning!

PD Calendar for Year Link

Below is the link for the PD Calendar for the year. Hopefully this is helpful in your planning and also let's you know of additional learning happening around the district. Time spent collaborating with all of you around this was AWESOME! Brenda and I work with amazing people! Let us know how we might help as we kick off the 2nd part of the year!


2nd Semester Re-Set Building Goal & PD Calendar

GCIS Information Hub

If you are looking for a doc, remember they are a click away! Happy Hunting!

Link to GCIS Information Hub