Greene Notes

March 31, 2017

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Welcome to the E.H. Greene Intermediate School Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoons.

Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756


March 31 - Report Cards were sent home with students today

April 4 (TUESDAY) - PTO Meeting in the Greene Media Center at 10:30 am

April 3-7 - PTO Box Top Collection Week

April 5, 6, 10-13 - AIR Testing (details below)

April 6 - Rising 7th Grade Student Verification Sheets will be coming in Green Folder

April 14 - No School

Interested in Summer School? Chick here for details on courses and how to sign up!

The Greene School has a new Assistant Principal

We are excited to announce that the Greene School has named a new Assistant Principal for the 17-18 school year. Mr. Jay Meno will be joining our team next school year. Click here to learn more about Mr. Meno!

AIR Testing Information

Here is important information regarding the upcoming AIR Test:

Click here for a letter from our Assistant Superintendent, Karen Naber

Testing Schedule:

AIR Testing Schedule:

Testing Time approx. 8:45-10:30 am

Wednesday, April 5th- 5th & 6th Grade Language Arts

Thursday, April 6th- 5th & 6th Grade Language Arts

Monday, April 10th- 5th & 6th Grade Math

Tuesday, April 11th- 5th & 6th Grade Math

Wednesday, April 12th- 5th Grade Science & 6th Grade Social Studies

Thursday, April 13th- 5th Grade Science & 6th Grade Social Studies

Special Schedule:

All Specials will be between 1:14-2:46 pm the following days:

Wednesday, April 5th- B Day- 6th grade attend B Day specials - no 5th grade specials

Thursday, April 6th- C Day- 5th grade attend C Day specials - no 6th grade specials

Monday, April 10th- E Day- 6th grade attend E Day specials - no 5th grade specials

Tuesday, April 11th- A Day- 5th grade attend A Day specials - no 6th grade specials

Wednesday, April 12th- B Day- 6th grade attend B Day specials - no 5th grade specials

Thursday, April 13th- C Day- 5th grade attend C Day specials - no 6th grade specials

Click here for a printable version of the testing schedule.


All students will have the capability of using the text to speech feature on the Math, Science, and Social Studies Tests. Please send earbuds with your students so they have the option of using this feature.


For the next several weeks we will include a section on transition. This will have information for students transitioning both to Greene as well as to the Junior High. The grade level below represents the grade you will be in NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

Rising 5th Graders:

Advanced Art Submissions are due to Elementary Art Teachers by April 21.

We will begin Greene School building tours in April. Below are the dates. Students will see the building, get a glimpse into our specials classes, and eat lunch! Students will have a chance to meet their 5th grade teacher in May (more details to come).

Maple Dale - April 21

Symmes - April 25

Montgomery - April 26

Blue Ash - April 28

Rising 6th Graders:

We will be mailing Course Selection forms in May, more details to come. Click here to see the Course Descriptions for our specials classes next year.

Rising 7th Graders:

Student Verification Sheets will be coming home for students in the Thursday Green Folder.

All Course Adjustment Request (CAR) forms are due to the Junior High by April 13.

If you missed the Academic Fair, you can click the link below to view the presentation.

PTO Meeting is TUESDAY, April 4th

Please join us for our next PTO meeting on TUESDAY, April 4th. Our school counselors will share tips on how to help your child survive tweenhood. Plus, the PTO will be presenting the gifting proposal and the PTO chair slate for next year. Please note the meeting this month is on TUESDAY, not Wednesday. It will start at its regular time of 10:30 am in the Media Center. Hope you can join us!


Please mark your calendars for our final Box Tops collection, April 3 - 7. The wing in each grade that collects the most Box Tops will receive an extra recess! Students should please turn Box Tops in to their homeroom teacher. For more information including a list of participating products, visit
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Right Under Your Nose Donations

The PTOs at the High School, Junior High and the Greene School are providing desserts for the parents and community members to enjoy as they attend the "Right Under Your Nose" Drug Awareness program on April 9th. If you'd like to make a cookie contribution please use the link below.

Math and Science Conference

The Miami University and Greene School Math/Science Conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd, from 9:00- 11:45 a.m. Greene School students are given the opportunity to interact with instructors and each other as they explore mathematics and science using critical thinking skills and hands-on manipulatives. Permission forms for the conference are available in the activities bin at school, or students may get one from their math teacher. Please return permission forms to the office as soon as possible.
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Camp Invention is coming to Sycamore Community School District!

Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Edwin H. Greene Intermediate School is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades 1st-6th. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on June 5, 2017 with Chris Gutermuth serving as Director of the Launch program!

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

  • Engaging creative thinking to design and build their own duct tape creations

  • Experiencing the power of rocket science by building and launching rubber band rockets

  • Exploring aerodynamics to blast water rockets made from plastic bottles more than 50 feet in the air

  • Taking apart nonworking machines and devices to investigate their inner operations

All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children.

Register on or before March 20, 2017 using promo code Discover25 to receive $25 OFF the base price of $225. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

Know! To Secure, Monitor and Dispose

Tis the season for spring cleaning. As you’re working hard to get your home decluttered, organized, spotless and sparkling, be sure to include the clearing out of old, unused or unwanted medicines – it’s a vitally important task.

Families are continuing to be devastated and destroyed as children end up in the ER, become addicted, suffer physical pain and emotional turmoil, and some lose their lives altogether - all in the name of prescription drug abuse. Medicine abuse among youth continues to trend at an alarming rate and for what? According to youth, they use to get high, treat pain, sleep, stay awake, fit in or do better in school. And the majority say they can get these drugs easily and for free, from unknowing, unsuspecting family members and friends through unlocked medicine cabinets.

The most commonly abused prescription drugs fall into three categories: Painkillers, Depressants and Stimulants. Because so much attention, nationwide, has been drawn to the dangers of prescription pain pills (and rightfully so), many people are now aware of the hazards they present and are hopefully more vigilant in keeping them properly stored and monitored. However, many people are not aware of the risks other prescription and over-the-counter drugs, and how common the abuse of these medications have become.

Doctor-prescribed stimulant medications used to treat anxiety, for instance, are common drugs of abuse, as well as doctor-prescribed depressants, like sleep medications. Young people typically abuse stimulants to stay awake or get ramped up for a night of partying, while depressants may be later used to then come back down, help users relax or to induce sleep.

Some teens are known to grab pills from home, or from the homes of relatives and friends, not knowing what they are or what they do, with the intention of taking them to teen “Skittles” parties, where everyone brings pills, dumps them in a bowl, and pops them in their mouths like candy. In this situation, users have no idea what they’re ingesting or the side effects that might accompany any one particular pill, let alone the outcome of mixing with alcohol or multiple other drugs.

Then there’s cough medicine; the sticky, syrupy stuff that most children turn their nose up to when they’re actually sick, because of the bitter taste…both the prescription strength that contains codeine, as well as the over-the-counter version that contains DXM, are both being abused by teens. Mixed typically with sprite (or other soda) and a Jolly Rancher, this nasty-tasting medicine, often referred to as Purple Drank, Syrup, Sizzurp and Lean (because it literally causes users to lean over), becomes a candy-flavored cocktail that produces a relaxed, euphoric high, when taken in high doses.

ADHD medicines are also popular drugs of abuse among youth, frequently being abused for purposes of weight loss or academic performance enhancement. And as youth get older, parents are more likely to entrust them to handle and self-administer their own medications. But far too often, these pills end up in the hands of unintended users, like friends or classmates.

The side-effects and drug interactions of these medicines can be highly dangerous, and even deadly. It is immensely important for parents, grandparents and other adults to eliminate the ease of access of these drugs by removing medications from nightstands, kitchen cabinets and any other unsecured location, and to then follow these three simple steps:

SECURE: Safeguard all your prescription and over-the-counter medications in a locked cabinet, drawer or safe that is inaccessible to your teens and their friends.

MONITOR: Make note of how many pills or the amount of liquid in each medicine bottle you have in your home. Keep track of refills and be sure you control any medication that is prescribed to your child.

DISPOSE: Take advantage of the many drug drop boxes and drug take-back days that are available across the country. Otherwise, follow these guidelines for proper drug disposal of unused, unwanted and expired medications.

Click here to find a drug drop box in your area.

Click here for local information of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) coordinated National Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Sources: United States Environmental Protection Agency. U.S. Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration - Diversion Control Division. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters Mattress Sale Fundraiser!! Saturday, April 29

The Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters will be sponsoring our Second Annual mattress sale on Saturday, April 29. This has been a very successful fundraiser in local school districts for the past 10 years. We are very excited to be able to sponsor this event here at Sycamore High School once again this year.

Brand new, name brand, top quality mattress sets with full manufacturer warranties. Much higher quality for price than a retail store! All sizes, price ranges, delivery and free layaway will be available. Floor models will be on display at Sycamore High School from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29. If you, or anyone you know is in the market for a new mattress… check out this fundraiser!! If you need a new mattress before this sale or have any questions, please contact Ultimate Fundraising Solutions at

Proceeds from every sale will benefit SBOB