GCIS Weekly News 12/2/2016

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

We're not here to be average; We're here to be AWESOME!

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Awesome Students of the Week!

Here is a photo of our awesome students of the week! These students have worked hard demonstrating safe, respectful, and responsible behaviors throughout the week! Keep Being Awesome!
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Fundraising Announcements!

Please plan to pick up fundraising THIS COMING WEEK! Wednesday December 7th from 3:00-6:00 pm we will have product ready for pick up in the lunchroom. Feel free to park in the back of the building and enter through the lunchroom door. We look forward to seeing you and thanks again for going out and selling!
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GCIS Office News

Attention all GCIS Parents,

I wanted to open up to anyone that has time on Monday December 12th from 6:30-7:30 to join us at the Administration building in Jefferson for our Fall parent advisory. I have asked Mr. Christensen to join us to share and talk about the 5th-8th grade transition for next year. Look forward to having you join us and share your thoughts and ask questions! Please notify the office if you are planning to attend! Look forward to partnering with you.


-Mrs. Van Cleave

Principal Shoutout!

We have had a another great week at GCIS! I wanted to extend an invitation to parents and families members that would like to volunteer or help out at the building in a variety of ways. We have needs for everything from mentors, to helping in the office, to reading and listening to students reading! We would love to welcome you and your service to our GCIS community! We would love to hear about any ideas you have too!


Link to 100 ways you can Help your School Community Out!

http://web.alsde.edu/general/pta%20100%20ways.pdf

VOCAL TRASH

Check out the link below! Spread the word to all of Greene County about this great group coming to our community! Let's pack the gym for an evening of fun filled music!

4th Grade Happenings!

Language Arts- We are working on summarizing using the strategy of Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then. We also started our new book to teach social issues through our read aloud, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.


Now that we have visited the local libraries in Greene County and picked out books that are interesting to us we are ready to start our job as book critics. We will be writing book reviews to display at the libraries. Be watching for more updates on this soon!

And as always, we would like all students to Just Keep Reading, Just Keep Reading!


Science- We are working on the concept of plants and animals having internal and external structures and how these structures have functions to help the survival of the species. We will be teaching argumentative writing in this section of Science.


Math- This week we continued to work on finding the perimeter of squares and rectangles, we also introduced area. We are learning how to write formulas and equations for perimeter and area too! Next, we are looking forward to learning more about factors and factor pairs.

5th Grade Happenings!

Science: We have finished our study of birds and are moving on to mammals.


ELA/SS: We have been working on finding the main idea(s) and key details of informational text in reading. In social studies, we have been studying the life and culture of the Plains and Pueblo Native Americans. In writing, we wrapped up our flag essays and are starting a new project. Our new project will be writing a letter to your child’s favorite author and actually mailing it out to him/her. We are hoping to get some responses!


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6th Grade Happenings!

In science, we started our new unit about matter and its interactions. We have been working on defining what matter is and how we know if something is matter.


In math, students have been working really hard on decimals, fractions, and algebraic expressions. These will help students when we start one of our real life projects on Monday. Stay tuned to find out what the project involves!


In reading we have been finishing up with theme. We will be moving on to central idea next week. We also started writing our poetry slams. We are excited to hopefully perform them to the class before break. Just a reminder to keep reading each night!

Music News!

5th and 6th Grade General Music/Band Concert: Monday, December 5, 2016 @ Greene County Middle School Gymnasium 7:00 p.m. 5th Graders meet in the Middle School Band Room @ 6:45 p.m. 6th Graders report to their homeroom teacher in the designated bleacher area of the gymnasium. Looking forward to your presence at our Winter Concert!


VOCAL TRASH - will present a concert for the Intermediate students on Thursday, December 8th at GCMS 2:15 p.m. There will be a public performance @ 7:00 p.m. Students are FREE, Adults suggested donation of $5


4th General Music students have learned 3 notes on their recorders. We have reviewed whole note, half note and quarter note values. Some of the students have already earned their first level Recorder Karate belt! What a wonderful group of students!

Physical Education

This week in PE, we worked on some spacial awareness activities. Also, exercising with the large stability balls. If your son/daughter comes home with a note about participating in the Elks Free Throw contest, they expressed interested for this. I will give the promoter the names so when you show up they will have it.

Art Info

In all art classes, we are working on decorating the hallways with a little Christmas spirit. So we are learning about still life and blending with oil pastels by drawing a close up perspective of a poinsettia.


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T.A.G.

4th Grade TAG students are working on a Tinker Crate that teaches them about how light can bend. So they are putting together a fiber optic constellation map!


5th and 6th Grade TAG students took the Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl and did very well!!!!

Out of 52 other competing schools across Iowa, the 6th graders ranked 36th and finished with an 81%! 5th graders ranked 19th out of 26 schools with a score of 82%! VERY NICELY DONE! We will be competing in a NATIONAL Quiz Bowl called America Answers in April, right after the 6th Grade Battle of the Books.


Everyone is working hard on their Book lists! Parents, ask your child about the document that was shared with them where they are supposed to be writing questions and answers about the book as they are reading. We will use their questions to have a practice battle soon! 5th Grade’s Battle will be Thursday, March 2nd and 6th Grade’s battle is Thursday, April 6th. Both battles start at 4:00p.m., so if you want to come and watch your child compete, be sure to ask for the afternoon off that day!

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Media & Tech Lit

We’re getting ready to let go of a little ‘STEAM’ with our Chromebooks at GCIS! With software provided online, through Project Ignite, students will begin an exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics on the computer. Our school has been fortunate to receive on loan a 3D printer from the Dremel Company.


It is hoped that as students begin learning Tinkercad (a beginners program required to utilize 3D printers), students will take their first steps into converting their two-dimensional ideas into three-dimensional printed work. What an exciting experience that is about to happen. Stay tuned to hear updates on our progress...

Special Education News

Great working with students this week! Look for progress monitoring information to be coming home with report cards. So proud of our students for working hard and reaching their goals! Keep Being Awesome!

Band Business!

The Winter Concert is Monday, December 5th. The concert starts at 7pm, but band students need to arrive at 6:30 for tuning.

Counseling News

December’s Words-of-the-Month are COURAGE and GIVING. December is a month of giving and appreciation for family and friends. It is also a time to find our courage to give more of ourselves in order to support others as we are able. This week I borrowed an article from Dr. Tim Elmore that perfectly explains courage in our students.


To put it simply, courage is the ability to do what frightens you.

It’s the willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation.


When we develop courage in students, we enable them to take appropriate risks, to take initiative and act — in short, to be a decision-maker and a responsibility-taker.


1. Courage is contagious.

The good news is, just like fear can be contagious, so can courage. When a student takes a stand on what is right, they often give permission to others to do the same.


2. Courage is initiating and doing what you are afraid of doing.

Courage can co-exist with fear. In fact, it acts in spite of fear. You can’t build courage with mere lectures or theories. Like a muscle, courage only grows when we act. It requires that we run to the roar.


3. Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

When we cling to what’s familiar or comfortable, we tend to eliminate risk. Unfortunately, risk is a prerequisite for courage. When we risk too little and rescue too quickly, we diminish a student’s chances to grow courage.


4. Courage is vision in action.

Anyone can catch a vision. In fact, anyone who’s ever taken a shower has probably gotten a good idea. Courage is what enables us to get out of the shower, dry off, and do something about that good idea.


5. Courage takes the risk and seizes what is essential for growth.

Healthy courage is always about forward movement and growth. Leaders always push teams toward progress. It involves risk and action. Once these are displayed, they become a model for others to follow.


Read the rest of Elmore’s excellent blog at https://growingleaders.com/blog/developing-the-virtue-of-courage-in-students-part-2/


Dr. Tim Elmore is a best-selling author and international speaker who uses his expertise on Generations Y and Z to equip educators, coaches, leaders, parents, and other adults to impart practical life and leadership skills to young adults that will help them navigate through life.

Nurse News!

According to the CDC adding physical activity to the school day can help keep kids healthy, increase their attention, lead to positive behavior and attitudes and improve academic performance. Hy-Vee Kids Fit has challenged the 4th and 6th graders to see how many squats they can do during the school day. Ask your students about the challenge.

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