Geist Gazette

March 4, 2016

Exciting times...

I have the honor of getting to visit all the classrooms at GES. I get the privilege of seeing the amazing work our teachers are doing with your children. I see our teachers encouraging thinking and problem solving, allowing for choice and selection in student learning, and seeing engagement through hands on experiences and technology integration.

With the 1:1 initiative just a few months away, I want to share what I'm seeing from my point of view as a Mom as well as a principal. As some of you know, I was slow to join the technology wagon with my own children. My daughter was required to earn money to purchase half of her iPAD and we walked into the Apple store with the ziploc bag and piggy bank in tow and paid with coins, dollars and a few twenties. This was a huge step for our family and yet a step that has opened so many doors for us! Yes, it required some management on my part (a filter that has helped and made me feel safer) and some important lessons are being taught. The benefits have been good. The reality is, the 21st century is well underway. We don't use rotary dial phones, we use IPHONES. We use robots to assist surgeons and we use GPS driven combines to harvest our fields. The iPAD will not replace the teacher and yet it can help to amplify the instruction! As a Mom, I'm thankful that with the help of the school we can teach my children how to navigate in this technological and thought provoking world! Since the purchase of the iPAD, my children are coming to me with research they have found, they are creating iMOVIES and Chatter pixs, and learning how to interact in instant messaging with their Mother :-) in an appropriate way. Don't get me wrong, we still play Shopkins, Monopoly and watch more TV than one should. There is a balance.

As a principal, I've seen the same thing in the classroom. Our students are not on the devices all the time and they won't be. In fact, above are some pictures taken last week where best practice instruction was used to amplify learning. There was student learning through hands on activities in the classroom, boards games that were engaging, and small group instruction from the teacher. The device is a tool that helps us amplify the HSE21 initiatives of student choice, rigor, global awareness, differentiation and relevance. It is a tool which allows research and unique opportunities to be in the hands of our students. I'm so excited for the work our teachers are doing to prepare for this tool. I'm excited to be taking this journey together. If you have questions along the way, please feel free to contact me! Thank you for joining us in this journey!

Christi Thomas, Principal

Upcoming Dates

Monday, Mar. 7

Spanish Lessons

Engineering for Kids

Tuesday, Mar. 8

Geist Running Club - 3rd Grade

Yearbook Club

Topsicle Tuesday

Good News Club

Dine to Donate at Puccini's

Wednesday, Mar. 9

Choir Practice

ASL Sign Language Club

Thursday, Mar. 10
Spanish Lessons

PTO Board Meeting

Friday, Mar. 11

Grading Period Ends

Geist Running Club - Grade 4

Chess Club

Movie Night - Destination Imagination Fundraiser - Grades 2-3-4

Monday, Mar. 14

Flex Day - No School if we haven't had a snow day

Tuesday, Mar. 15

IREAD Testing - Grade 3

Geist Running Club - Grade 3

Good News Club

Wednesday, Mar. 16

IREAD Testing - Grade 3

Choir Practice

ASL Sign Language Club

PTO Open Forum with Guest Speaker Dr. Bourff, HSE Superintendent

Thursday, Mar. 17

IREAD Testing - Grade 3

Spanish Lessons

Friday, Mar. 18

Report Cards Posted

IREAD Testing - Grade 3

Geist Running Club - Grade 4

1st Grade Field Trip to Beef & Boards

Chess Club

Saturday, Mar. 19 & Sunday, Mar. 20

HsEART Show, FHS 2-5

Specials Rotation

Mar. 7 - Mar. 11 - Week 2 (PLC)

Mar. 14 - Mar. 18 - Week 1

Lunch Menu

Mar. 7 - Mar. 11 - Week 2

Mar. 14 - Mar. 18 - Week 3

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

PTO Corner

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

Artist of the Week

Feb 29: Kayla W. in Mrs. Ireland’s class

Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart

AMAZING!!!!!! We are over $17,000 with on-line donations. Please make sure to have all donations turned in by Friday, March 4th. Please copy on-line donation reports and matching gift donations and place in the packets when your child returns them to school. We should have a final total by next week sometime. Thanks to all who have supported this great community service project. Once again, the Geist community has showed why we are a great school!!


Geist Elementary and Brooks School Elementary will host Dr. Bourff at Geist Elementary from 6:30-7:30pm. Dr. Bourff’s topic for the evening: Informational Presentation on Referendum. Free babysitting will be provided.

Wednesday, March 16 is the last day to order yearbooks!

This year, yearbook orders will be sold online only. To order a yearbook, go to Our school code is 04553Y.

The cost for each yearbook is $15. Orders can be placed between now and March 16, 2016.

Questions should be directed to Ms. Green at

Flowers, Balloons, Gifts at School

Please be reminded that it is HSE District Policy and GES School Policy that flowers, balloons, gifts, etc. may not be brought or delivered to students at school. Birthdays, Gator of the Month and other achievements are recognized with pencils, certificates and other methods. Thank you for your cooperation.
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Spring Pictures Friday March 25th

Spring pictures are scheduled this month. Watch for fliers to be sent home next week. Only those students who return an order form or online confirmation will be photographed. To order online please visit and use order code 06385F.
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Spring 2016 Registration Update - Registration for baseball, soccer, and girls lacrosse is closed and a waitlist has been started. Softball registration closes March 4. Boys lacrosse, rugby, track and field and boys volleyball registrations are still being accepted with a $10 late fee. Contact the S.P.O.R.T.S. office for more information or visit our website,

Fishers-HSE Youth Baseball Evaluations - Rec league evaluation dates are listed below. It is very important that every player attend their designated evaluation session. Players should report 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time.

7th and 8th Grade - Saturday, March 5 - HSE Auxiliary Gym #1

Last name A-M - 1:30 p.m.

Last name N-Z - 2:30 p.m.

Fishers-HSE Youth Softball Evaluations - March 5 - 6
Players are requested to arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled time. Registration will be required and girls will go through the evaluation in groups. All girls interested in pitching should report to the pitching evaluation. Please allow 45-60 minutes to complete the entire evaluation process.

*Please Note* - Only 8U players interested in playing All-Stars need to be evaluated. There are NO evaluations for the 5/6U leagues.

Saturday, March 5 – Fishers High School Auxiliary Gym
8U - Interested All-Stars Only 12:30 p.m.
10U - Last Name A-L 12:45-2:00 p.m.
10U - Last Name M-Z 2:15-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 6 – HSE High School Auxiliary Gym
12U 1:00-2:30 p.m.
14U 2:45-4:00 p.m.

Southeastern Rugby - Wanting to improve your footwork for soccer, your hand-eye coordination for basketball, and your tackling for football? Rugby is the perfect spring sport to stay in shape for fall and winter sports, and everybody makes the team! Email Final deadline for spring registration is March 31 at

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The HSEHS World Connections Club will present its eighth annual “International Night” on Friday, March 25, 2016. Live entertainment will begin at 7:00pm in the Leonard Auditorium, immediately followed by food and fun in the Annex Café. This spectacular evening celebrates the many cultural sights and sounds from around the world that make up our HSE community. Plan now to join us for International Night 2016! Tickets are $4.00 in advance and $5.00 at the door. To purchase tickets please contact Mrs. Lazaga ( at Hamilton Southeastern High School.