GCIS Weekly News 4/14/17

Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!

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


Click the link below to read a little about the MakerDay at GCIS!



Color Run Packets are due back on THURSDAY April 20th

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.


In the packets the company that is putting on the Color Run made a mistake of when our actual run is. Below is the correct date of our run! Make plans to join us!!!

GCIS COLOR RUN is Scheduled for FRIDAY MAY 19th!

4th Grade Happenings!

In Science we have been challenging students to see how energy is transferred. We have done experiments with radiant energy by observing how ice melts on different colors. We also did an experiment with electrical energy trying to create closed circuits.

In Reading we are continuing our region’s unit- Oh the places we can go. We have concentrated on climate and physical features. We are working on writing and comprehension skills by summarizing the information we are learning about our region in our circle story.

In Math we have started working on multiplying multi digit numbers. We have been solving story problems by estimating numbers to the nearest 10, 100 or 1,000 so we can multiply numbers with multiple digits easier.

5th Grade Happenings!

Lit./SS: In reading, we started our unit on point of view. Students will be able to describe how a narrator’s point of view influences how events are described in a text. In social studies, we will be continuing to learn about how early European explorers have impacted our U.S. history.

Math: We are working on fractions, multiplying a whole number times a fraction and a fraction times a fraction.

Science: This week we read “The Wartville Wizard” and “The Table Where Rich People Sit” and had several interesting conversations about littering as well as recycling and what’s most important to us for a good quality of life. We are reading the book “Where Does Garbage Go” next. Keep recycling!!!!

6th Grade Happenings!

In lit/S.S. we are have started our economics unit. We had some guest speakers come from Home State Bank to kick off our unit.

In science, students created models of cells in tinkercad. They got to experience them in virtual reality during our Maker Day on Wednesday. Students were amazed!

In math, students are working on absolute values as well as positive and negative integers.

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5th and 6th Grade Concert

5&6 Bands: Arrive at 6:30 p.m.

5&6 General Music students: Arrive at 6:45

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Greene County Middle School Gymnasium

Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

Special Education News

We had a lot of fun watching our students in the maker-space. They did awesome creating, building, and designing!

Band News

The following is a link to the schedule for the 5th and 6th solo and ensemble recital on April 15th. The recital takes place at the Intermediate building music room, in Grand Junction. This is a “come for your performance time, and after that you may leave if you like” event. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your performance time. Feel free to contact me if there are any questions or concerns. solo and ensemble schedule


6th Grade students finished their street corners!

5th grade art students are learning how to make an optical illusion cube using math skills. They make a hexagon and measure out a second hexagon inside and then they are coloring their mystical cube with shades and tints of one color.

4th grade students are watercoloring their self portrait. We drew faces together as a class. Once they are finished with the color, then they will go over the pencil lines with a sharpie marker to help them stand out. I can’t wait to hang them up!


4th grade TAG students experimented with circuits!

5th grade and 6th Grade TAG students will be participating in the Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl in the next few weeks. We are going to do some practice quiz bowls to prepare and then the competition runs April 17 through April 28th. 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.)

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Counseling News

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017!

The theme for this year's National Child Abuse Prevention Month is "Building Community, Building Hope."

Communities have a great influence in families' lives. Everyone can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being.

Meet and greet your neighbors, visit your child’s school when possible, set up a babysitting co-op in your community, organize a block party, or volunteer time to school, church, library, food pantry or community center. There are many ways to get involved and help a neighbor in some way.

For more information on how you can help prevent child abuse, visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/get-involved/

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)


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.


If you would like to share career information with students please contact us and we will set up a time for you to visit--we would love to have you present to our students!

Call Ann Stueckradt at 515-738-5721, ext. 240. Thank you!

Pennies for Patients Totals!

I am so proud to announce that GCIS students and staff raised over $750.00 for this year’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser for blood cancer research!

Classroom high total winners are:

6th Grade--Mrs. Hoyle’s Homeroom $117.32

5th Grade--Mr. Sawhill’s Homeroom $76.19

4th Grade--Mrs. Murphy’s Homeroom $97.68

WAY to GO!!


who donated to the Pennies for Patients cause of finding a cure for blood cancers!

Nurse News!

Sixty percent of our body is water. A person loses water through their breath, perspiration, bowel movements, and urine. Every system in the body requires water. Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration. Even mild dehydration can cause headaches and fatigue. As the weather becomes warmer we perspire more and also become more active which increases the need for water consumption. Please remind your child to drink plenty of water throughout the day. They may bring a water bottle to school. It is difficult to get the required amount of water from the drinking faucet. More information can be found a eatright.org .

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