May 9, 2016


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KUDOS TO............................

Jama and her willingness to cover gym classes on Wednesday.

Eliana's willingness to quickly translate needed items.

Jen's willingness to help out it any way in the office.

The members (Lindsay, Jan, Marcia, Gail, Joy, Shelley, Cyndie, Julea, Allie, and Kristy) that attended the book club on Tuesday after school who were open and honest during our discussion. They will be helping to facilitate our meeting on Wednesday, May 11 after school.


On Thursday, the TLT met with Jodi after our site review. (An email was sent last night about the site review feedback.) We will continue to use the feedback provided as a TLT moving forward as we "align" our arrows for what is best for our kids! We will take into consideration the feedback from the site reviewer, but please remember that the site reviewer provides us with suggestion and ideas based on her brief visit. We will be using the NWEA Data to determine our next steps and "align" it with student achievement. Please remember to turn your arrow into Gail on Wednesday morning so we can prepare for our Cluster Meeting in the p.m.

Prayer Requests

Please remember in prayer:
Jan and her family.

Healing for Gary's body after his accident.

Linda and her family.

June as she recovers from her surgery.

Karen Hoover's mother.

Stephanie Wright (IDEA Room Skills Trainer) who will be out on leave beginning next week for the reminder of the year.

Teresa Vining and her Family

Shannon's mom and healing for her knee replacement.


Since there are currently no applicants for the Mentor position for next year, the TLT has had discussed the position (and options) and has determined that we will work with one less Mentor next year. As a team, we feel that this will currently be the best option for our building.

Teacher Appreciation Week May 2-4 and May 9 and 10

Since we have the Site Review on May 5th and our 5th graders are going to Camp Amigo on May 5th and 6th, we will have Teacher Appreciation split between two weeks. We will celebrate on May 2-4 and May 9-10:

The following activities will be taking place on the indicated days:

May 2nd: Lunch provided by the PTO

May 3rd: Culver's Teacher Appreciation Day

May 4th: "Special Momento" of the Year!

May 9th: Coffee and Donuts provided by the PTO

May 10th: Larry grilling out for us! Yum Yum!!!!

TELL Survey

We almost have 80% of the staff who have already completed the TELL Survey. We still have 9 individuals who need to complete the survey. We are almost there. PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY FRIDAY SO THAT WE CAN ALL WEAR JEANS NEXT WEEK!! PLEASE GET 'ER DONE!! :)




May 9: Cluster 7:05 and 3:10 p.m.; Donuts and Coffee provided by the PTO.

May 10: Mr. "O" Grilling out! Yum, Yum!

May 11: Staff Meeting 3:10-4:10 p.m.

May 12: Lisa Derdach here for State Review from 8-12; TLT 3:10-4:20 p.m.

May 13: Elementary Principal's Meeting 8:45 -10:30 - Katrina Out; Spring Into Books Concludes

GCS News & Notes

Today’s Focus: Teams

“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
– Lao Tzu

Reflections to Guide Your Journey

Think of a great leader in your life. How have they helped you achieve and accomplish more than you thought possible?

Teacher Recruitment Fair

On Friday May 6th, we will be hosting a local teacher recruitment event here at the Admin Center. This is a joint venture between GCS, the Chamber of Commerce and Teachers’ Credit Union. We have approximately 10 – 12 prospective teaching candidates who will be joining us for the day. In the morning, there will be a tour of a few schools and the community with lunch at the Old Bag Factory. In the afternoon, candidates will be interviewing with administrators. Administrators who plan to attend the interview sessions should plan to park across the street in the band practice area. This will allow our guests and other visitors to have ample parking for the day. Administrators should come prepared with your own interview questions. A schedule and candidate information will be provided to you.

TAP Bonus Pay

The second part of the TAP Bonus pay for teachers will be received on Friday this week. REMEMBER: If you haven’t already done so, please return the signed worksheets ASAP along with the spreadsheet with verification of teaching experience to Sarah in HR. Any worksheets that you may have for previous employees should be returned so that we can send those in the mail with the former employee’s bonus check.

Building Trades Open House

The GHS Building Trades open house will be held this Saturday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. The address for the house is 2445 Tulip Blvd, which is located in the Gardens subdivision off of Clinton. Please stop by to see the work of our skilled and dedicated students.

School Nurses Day

National School Nurses Day is May 11th. We are very fortunate to work in a school district that has a nurse in every building. Make sure to thank them for the big part they play on your team!

TAP Summer Workshop

For those of you who have registered for the Indiana TAP Summer Workshop being held on June 6-7, 2016, at the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites.
> The meeting will take place Monday, June 6, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00pm p.m. at:
> Hilton Indianapolis Hotel and Suites
> 120 West Market Street
> Indianapolis, IN 46204
> Please check in on-site starting at 8:30 a.m. at the registration table outside of the meeting room.
> Hotel – You/your team members are responsible for your own lodging arrangements. You may want to contact other schools if you have an odd number of participants, so we can share rooms. Remember, the district will reimburse for one night’s lodging (June 6th).
> A special hotel rate will be available at the Hilton for those traveling to Indianapolis from outside of the city. To reserve this rate, rooms must be reserved by Friday, May 6th. Please use this link to make reservations:http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/I/INDDNHF-UOFI-20160606/index.jhtml
> For questions about the event, contact the event organizer at gerlachk@uindy.edu<mailto:gerlachk@uindy.edu>.
> Need to register more attendees? Return to the event page.<https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indiana-taptm-summer-workshop-june-2016-registration-21529853371>