GCIS Weekly News 10/7/2016

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

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

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Another Great Week at GCIS! Below are our Amazing Awesome Students of the week! Staff nominate students for demonstrating Key Behaviors throughout the week and coming to school every day trying their best, respecting all students everyday no matter what, and modeling leadership behaviors and qualities! Congrats to these students that make our school community great! Thanks for Being Awesome this week!
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GCIS Office News

It's been another great week at GCIS! What AWESOME students and staff we have!

Here are just a few reminders from the GCIS Office:

  • Please call our office by 8:30 am if you know that your child will be out for the day and no later than 2:30 pm if you would like for us to deliver a note to your child. On Wednesday, please be sure to have your calls in by 12:30 pm. 515-738-5721

Did you know?

  • Infinite Campus is a great tool for parents to use! It allows you to check your student’s attendance, grades, assignments, lunch balance and more! To sign up give us a call! 515-738-5721!

Principal Shoutout!

On Friday November 11th we will be loading up a bus and transporting students to Iowa State!!! We are going to be attending the Women's Basketball game that day. The game is at 12:00 pm. They are calling it their Field Trip Game!

This field trip will be unique by integrating in-game lessons over anti-bullying and character traits in schools. There will be examples provided throughout the game to show students how to make your school a better and happier place to learn!

We are looking for parents to join us for this amazing event! We are also looking into an opportunity to have students do a campus tour in the morning and then attend the game! More details about times and additional things we are planning as we know them! Look for more info in next weeks newsletter!

Healthiest State Walk

Below are some of the AWESOME pictures from our healthiest state walk! We had an amazing day to walk and promote healthy bodies! Thanks Mr. Palmer for having some sweet tunes to walk with!

4th Grade Happenings!

Math--We have been reviewing addition, and are practicing our subtraction. We are working with estimating using both our addition and subtraction skills.

5th Grade Happenings!

In Reading we are finishing up with our figurative language skills. We will be giving the post test for this on Friday. The students are working hard with writing a personal narrative piece. Ask your child what they have chosen for their topic to write their narrative about! Continue to fill out the home reading trackers each night after the 20 minutes of independent reading:)

Science: We took our first test on plants this week. I have kept all the kids’ papers to share with you at conferences so no paperwork will be coming home about this unit. We have started our next unit on vertebrates.

I am doing the book orders for the entire 5th grade. I have been having GREAT difficulty doing any on-line orders, so that ability has been discontinued. If your child would like to order from the Scholastic Book Club, please send a check made to Scholastic or cash and I will send it in. I can also order books as gifts for your child, just write a note on the envelope so I know not to hand it to them. I can either wrap it in bags and send home with the child, or I can contact you to come and get them if you’d like. Thank you!!!

6th Grade Happenings!

In literature/social studies we are starting our government unit. We have been talking about why we developed the constitution and what the process was. I encourage you to talk with your kids about this!

In science, we are still talking about how tectonic plates have changed the Earth. Students have been examining how plate movements cause other changes such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

In math, students are working on adding and subtracting fractions. Students are using least common multiples to find a common denominator.


5th grade - Is up to 5 notes now, and beginning to play actual songs in preparation for the winter concert. I’d also like to welcome our new tuba player Gavin Baugh

6th grade - Is going very strong in preparation for our IBA audition. We have started five out of our seven planned songs, and are doing well on a Christmas song that isn’t for the audition.

Art News

We are still collaborating on Character Counts posters with the Life Skills class. Here is one of the Character Counts posters and then one that a student created! They are going to look awesome!
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4th grade TAG students are still working on Omni-fix cubes. We learned today how we can use the cubes to help us understand Algebra equations!

5th grade TAG is learning about being an architect. They are challenged complete a performance task using Project Based Learning (PBL) by making their own blueprint of their future dream house. This includes exact measurements and furniture details. I would like to bring in an actual architect to speak to the students on how to create and read real blueprints. IF ANYONE knows an architect in the Greene County area that might be willing to do this, PLEASE let me know! Call GCIS and leave me a note so I can talk with them! Thanks!

6th Grade art is busy planning their imaginary vacations. We may need to take some passport pictures and research how a passport is created. There is a lot that goes into planning a trip with a budget!

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Media Tech Lit

This week the students learned about the importance of becoming a fast and accurate touch-typist. Touch-typing means that they can type quickly using all of their fingers, and not looking at the keyboard. It is important that the students become adept at typing in this way for the following reasons:

  • Keyboarding is an expected tool for communication throughout one's life.

  • It is considered as important a skill as being able to print and write well.

  • Younger and younger children are becoming fluent computer users and it is important for them to learn proper keyboarding techniques early

  • Touch typing allows you to key much faster and you don't tire as quickly.

This year each grade level has a typing goal that they will work on achieving in Tech. Literacy. These goals will hopefully be met by each student by the end of the school year. As with anything the students do, practice makes perfect!

4th Grade: Accuracy: 90-100% 20 Words Per Min

5th Grade: Accuracy: 90-100% 25 Words Per Min

6th Grade: Accuracy: 90-100% 30 Words Per Min

Special Education News

It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the first grading period. 4th graders have been composing their own sentences on the chromebook. 5th graders have finished the first round of classroom tests. 6th graders are learning about their government and learning to work with fractions.

Counseling News

In Life Skills we have paired up with Art to create our Character Counts posters. We are focusing on preventing bullying for Bullying Prevention Month, and students are learning how to be upstanders (standing up for doing the right things) and help others.

For more information on what you can do to prevent and deal with bullying, check out http://stompoutbullying.org/.

Here you will find resources to help both children and adults gain information and strategies to “Stomp out Bullying!”

Nurse News!

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month. Too much noise can harm your child’s hearing. Your child is exposed to loud noises daily from the hallways at school, from the earbuds they put in their ears, from the farm equipment, as well as many other ways. The extent of noise-related damage to your hearing depends on three factors: decibel level, distance, and time. Learn how loud noises can put children’s hearing at risk over time on the website www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov.

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