GCIS Weekly News 3/4/2016
Weekly Celebrations, Successes, and Up Coming Events!
GCIS Office News
This TUESDAY March 8th from 4:00-7:30 pm
Iowa Assessment Data:
We got our scores back and will be sending out report cards an Iowa Assessment letters our Wednesday March 9th. If you come to conferences we will give them out to you Tuesday night.
GCIS Parents: as we work to continually improve safety measures we ask that all parents wait in the office area regarding all matters.
PBIS Trip: Our next PBIS Incentive Trip will be to the Web House the week of April 25th-29th.
Reading Challenge: We will be having another reading challenge for students to complete! Details were planned today and we will launch Friday March 18th prior to break and it will run up to the week of our PBIS incentive trip. (April 21st-25th) Be looking for information in our next newsletter!
Please remember... to send lunch money with your students. There are alternative ways to pay! Just ask the office! Starting April 1 we will not be able to let your student charge on their lunch account. If you have any questions or concerns about this topic, please give us a call at 515-738-5721.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at 515-738-5721.
GCIS Key Players of the Week!
4th Grade Happenings!
Science: Data, data, data! We have been very busy testing various characteristics (nozzle size, weight, speed, distance) with our JetToy (balloon powered car). We have been collecting our data and putting it into data tables. This week we took that data and graphed it. This has been a great visual for how the different characteristics influence or affect each other.
Math: This week we continued to work with fractions, but we took it one step farther...DECIMALS. We have been working on reading and writing decimal numbers to hundredths.
Lit/SS: This week we continued our discussions on culture. We also introduced a new project. Students will be creating a presentation about Ruby Bridges. They will be responsible for choosing how they want to share their learning. It should be very exciting to see how creative everyone gets!
5th Grade Happenings!
Math: Finishing up adding and subtracting decimals, and coordinate graphing. Will be testing on these on Thursday. Next unit will be on fractions.
Lit/SS: We are working on understanding text structures of informational texts to help better comprehend reading informational text. We also have started our Lit. Circles. Students are very excited to share their reading with their small groups! In social studies, students are learning about the land and sea routes of historical explorers.
Science: This week we have been studying the biomes of tundra, taiga, and temperate deciduous forests. We are learning about the climate as well as the plants and animals of each biome.
6th Grade Happenings!
In reading we are finally finishing up our informative writing pieces. We are getting them typed and ready to peer edit. We are hoping to have a publishing party in the near future! We also finished up comparing and contrasting two different types of genres on the same theme.
In math, students are still working on algebraic expressions and finding the area of polygons.
In science, we have been talking a lot about Scott Kelly and his year in space. Students are excited that he is finally back and are excited to see how space has affected him.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 4th Grade Concert
Greene County Intermediate Gymnasium
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 5/6th Bands and 5th General Music Concert
Greene County Middle School Gymnasium
Friday, March 11, 2016 Honor Choir students will be heading to Webster City to participate in a mass choir experience with other students from Iowa’s Central District area. The following students will be representing Greene County Intermediate School.
The 5th graders are talking about Abraham Maslow and his job as a theorist. We looked at his theory and applied it to our life. We then talk about what influences who we are more heredity or environment.
Some group are still finishing up pencil pouches but some are also discussing needs and wants. They have started their advertisement for a best friend.
4th Grade art classes are studying the artist Katsushika Hokusai’s Print, The Great Wave. They are learning about telling a story from different perspectives as this woodblock print is the first of a series of 36 views of Mt. Fuji. They are recreating it in their own version. This is Georgia’s version in progress!!!
5th graders are learning about Onomatopoeia, another version of Pop Art where they have to design an artwork out of paper with at least three different colors that shows what the word sounds like. Here is Kyle’s!
6th graders are finishing up their patterned dog drawings. They turned out very cute! I love all the bright colors of Pop Art! Here’s Madison G.’s Pop Art Dog!
Media & Tech Lit
This week the students continued working on their projects. The 6th graders finished working on their baseball trading cards, finding information about important African American players. The 5th graders worked on finding more information about events that happened on their birthdays. The 4th graders added another poem to their poetry presentations. All of the students are working hard and creating some great projects!!
Pennies foir Patients
The PENNY WARS have begun! During the month of March we will be raising funds to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s research to find a cure for blood cancers. Please donate to the cause and have fun during our penny war between grades.
Strengthening Families 10-14 Program
Make sure to sign up for the SFP workshops starting March 6, 5:00-7:30 pm. at the St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 501 N. Locust in Jefferson. Learn how to show love while setting limits and improve family communication.
**FREE meals, snacks and childcare are provided with $100 gas card drawings at first session!
Register with Sue Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-386-2138.
Headaches are a common complaint of children. Migraines and stress headaches can occur. Headaches can also be caused by infections and head injuries. Most headaches can be treated with over the counter pain medications, rest, and fluids. It’s important to discuss frequent headaches with your healthcare provider. Also seek medical attention if your child’s headaches wake them from sleep, worsen or become more frequent, change your child’s personality, follow a head injury, are accompanied by vomiting or visual changes, or if your child is experiencing neck pain and fever. For more information go to mayoclinic.org.