GCIS Weekly News 5/5/17

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

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

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Office News

Color-A-Thon is just around the corner! We are so excited to host our color-a-thon again this year on Friday, May 19th! Click here to sign-up and learn more about it! Packets are now due to the GCIS office! Please make sure that your student turns in their packet ASAP! You can still get donations online!

Registration at 9:30 am

Race starts at GCIS at 10:00 am

DJ, Activities, and Grilled Lunch at Grand Junction Track to follow race.

Adult Lunch is $3.45

If you have questions in regard to this event, please call our office @ 515-738-5721.

F & P testing is coming up! We will be testing our students on the following dates:

-4th grade - May 15th

-5th grade - May 16th

-6th grade - May 18th

Spring weather is upon us! This time of the year can be tricky as to what is appropriate for clothing. Please remind your students that they may want to continue to bring a sweatshirt for the morning as it is usually chilly first thing. Our expectation is that students stand outside until 8:15 when the morning bell rings. (Unless they are eating breakfast).


You can still sign up for the color run and pay the day of the event!!!

Click here to sign-up and learn more about it!

If you have questions in regard to this event, please call our office @ 515-738-5721.

GCIS COLOR RUN is Scheduled for FRIDAY MAY 19th!

Rain Date is set for Monday May 22nd!

4th Grade Happenings!

Science- This week we did sound science. We learned through sound stations. They learned the difference between volume and pitch. They also learned about hearing impairments. We will being moving into creating chassis. We will be learning math and science through this activity.

Reading/Social Studies- We are getting ready to start our LAST unit for the school year. We are going to start reading, Heroes in Training Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams to introduce students to Greek mythology. We will also be introducing allusions, such as, Pandora’s Box.

Math- We are finishing chapter four over multi-digit multiplication. We will start fractions and mixed number computation; measurement soon!

5th Grade Happenings!

Lit./SS: In reading, we are wrapping up our unit on point of view. Students are now able to describe how a narrator’s point of view influences how events are described in a text. Next week we will begin our poetry unit. Students will learn ten different styles of poetry and work on writing some of their own pieces. In social studies, we will be continuing to learn about how early European explorers have impacted our U.S. history.

Math: We just started new unit dealing with decimals and exponents. Yee Haw

Science: We have been talking about the need to conserve water this week. There is an assignment due Tues., May 2nd showing how each student tried to conserve water at home. We are also learning where the oceans of the world are and how currents move. There will be a quiz on Monday where students will be labeling the oceans on a map needing proper spelling and capitalization.

6th Grade Happenings!

In math, students are presenting their car projects.

In science, students are working on redesigning the human body to make it better.

In reading, we are working on our economics unit. Students get money for being good and lose money for misbehaving. Keep reading 20 minutes every night at home.

Special Education News!

4th starting a mythology unit.

5th are learning about poetry.

5th grade math students are measurements and making charts.

6th grade math students are presenting their car projects.


UPCOMING EVENT: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Greene County Middle School Gymnasium

Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

5th and 6th Grade Concert 5&6 Bands:

  • Arrive at 6:30 p.m.

5&6 General Music students:

  • Arrive at 6:45

Band News

Both 5th and 6th are feverishly preparing for our concert on May 9th. The concert is at the middle school, at 7pm, on May 9th. Students need to arrive at 6:30 to warm up and tune. We look forward to seeing you there.

I will also be handing out a summer lesson sign up after the concert so we can get that squared away.


6th graders are doing an optical illusion that makes it look like a tunnel going back into a hole. They are learning about gradation, color changing from light to dark or from one color to another.

5th graders are learning how to make different fonts of graffiti type. They get to pick a 4-6 letter word that inspires them and then they are going to make it in graffiti type. Then they are also coloring them with gradation.

4th graders are learning Gyotaku… the Japanese art of fish printing! They get to choose the fish they want to print, figure out where it’s habitat would be (ocean, river, lake) and then they paint a background for their fish to look like it’s habitat. Then we get to paint the fish and print it onto their background! Cool!


4th grade TAG students made a spin art machine! They had to learn about centrifugal force and how it pulls the paint to the outside.

5th grade and 6th Grade TAG students participated in the America Answers Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl. It is an online competition against other teams from across America!!! (The quiz bowl that we did in the fall was just competing against other teams from Iowa.) The 5th grade got a 79%, which is about a C+ grade. The 6th graders received an 82% score, which is about a B-. where they rank against the other teams across America!

Counseling News

Tenacity and Determination are May’s Words of the Month. Let’s finish the school year with tenacity to learn and determination to reach our learning goals!

Support Your Child as the end of the school year approaches. By May, some kids act like summer vacation has already begun. They “forget” their homework . They stop giving their best effort and start avoiding anything that seems difficult or challenging.

But the school year isn’t over, yet. Kids need to stay focused on learning until the last day of school--here’s how to help your child:

  • Review old homework and tests. Use them to talk with your child about how much he/she has learned this year. This is also a great way to study for end-of-year tests.

  • Shape year-end learning around your child’s interests. If she/he has one more book report due, suggest choosing a book on a topic she/he loves.

  • Help your child manage her end-of-year projects. Long-range assignments can be overwhelming and should be broken down into smaller steps. Set goals to get a chunk done each day. Work on it together when possible for maximum learning.

  • Read, read, read--through the end of the school year and into the summer to keep literary skills sharp and enjoy stories. Source: D. Goldberg, The Organized Student

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

http://dhs.iowa.gov/child-abuse. It's everyone's responsibility to report child abuse!

If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected please call:

The Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-362-2178 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Please be ready to provide identifying information and the whereabouts of the child.

You may remain anonymous.

If you believe the child is in imminent danger, CALL 911 immediately.

Nurse News!

If you are a parent of a 6th grader and you received a letter in the mail from the Greene County Public Health Department, your child will need immunizations before the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Please fill out the paperwork if you plan to get those immunizations from Public Health at the school based clinic.

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