GCIS Weekly News 9/23/2016

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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I will be at the game tonight cheering on the Rams! If you want to chat or ask me a question come find me! We can cheer and chat! GO RAMS!

GCIS Homecoming Week Slide Show!

Below you will find a link to some highlights from Homecoming Week 2016! We will have photos from the parade in next weeks newsletter! Go RAMS! Beat Iowa Falls!

GCIS Office News

School has been off to a great start!! We have some many AWESOME students and staff!

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.

  • GCIS will have school on Friday, September 30th!!

    • (No school for Elementary ONLY)

  • School Picture day (for all buildings) will be October 4th! Stay tuned for more info!

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!

This week ran a successful lockout drill! Please have conversations with your students how they think this went. If you feel there is any confusion with your child's understanding of this drill please inform their homeroom teacher or the office so that we can ensure ALL students feel safe and ready for future drills.

We will be running a lockdown drill within the next few weeks. When running this drill we will come over the intercom and say the following:

  • LOCKDOWN! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.

Actions of Teachers & Students:

Teachers and students move to a safe place within the classroom, lights are turned off, and they lock the classroom door.

Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns. 515-738-5721

4th Grade Happenings!

Math-We are working hard on rounding numbers. Then, we use what we have been learning about rounding on estimating numbers using real world problems. We have also been working on math boxes reviewing and practicing skills.

Literature-We are continuing to dig into the elements of a mystery. We are still working on character traits. We are reading, reading, reading!!! Please make sure your child is reading at home.

Science- We have been analyzing our data from the eggcellent experiments we did last week. We are starting to ask questions about our new unit. We are becoming EXCITED scientists through questioning, experimenting, analyzing data and making conclusions.

5th Grade Happenings!

Science: We are continuing our plant study. We’ve discussed photosynthesis, the parts of a flower, pollination, and seed making. Please be studying your notes as a quiz and then a test will be coming next week.

Math:We continue to work on area and volume. We have learned the formulas so that we can figure the area and volume. Test will be coming soon.

Reading/S.S.: This week in reading we have extended using our context clues to help us determine the meaning of figurative language, such as similes and metaphors in text. We have practiced finding similes and metaphors in our independent reading books. In social studies, students finished up and presented their creative maps. In writing, we have just started working on generating ideas for our personal narrative writing.

You will be receiving your child’s FAST test results. Please be looking for that in their book bags in the next few days.

6th Grade Happenings!

In science, students are looking at data and using evidence to support the claim that Earth’s plates are in constant motion. They are also examining the break up of the supercontinent Pangaea.

In math, students are continuing to work on Greatest Common Factor. They are using factor trees and factor pairs to figure out the GCF.

In reading we are making inferences. We have practiced this skill with pictures and are now moving to text.


If you practice, you get better.

If you get better, you play with better players.

If you play with better players, you play better music.

If you play better music, you have more fun.

If you have fun, you want to practice more.

If you practice more, you get better…

By Doug Yeo

Music Mania

General Music Grades 5 & 6

This week the students viewed the video STOMP Out Loud. This shows teamwork when performing percussive pieces. The group utilizes everyday objects to create their rhythmic pieces. The students will form groups of 3-5 members to create their own rhythmic compositions. They will be asked to plan and explain the form of their composition. A steady beat must be evident to the audience. The performance should be musical (dynamics, phrasing, changes in texture…) and creative! Looking forward to seeing how students apply their musical knowledge!

General Music Grade 4

Students viewed videos reviewing notes on the lines and spaces of the treble clef staff. We practiced drawing treble clefs, identifying whole notes, half notes and quarter notes. We are preparing for our recorder unit beginning in November.

Special Education News

Greetings from the special education team! We are excited to be working with your children in small groups and supporting the learning in their classrooms. Our focus has been around support for students related to Core Instruction! Our groups have been running great and we are getting in the grove of collaborating with teachers and supporting students with their needs, often times without pulling them out of the general education classroom!

Counseling News

Greetings! The Counseling Office has moved to room 205 at the south end of second floor at GCIS. My new extension is 240. All are welcome to come for a visit.

In life Skills class students are learning about empathy and kindness. Empathy is putting yourself in another person’s situation and feeling what he/she is feeling, and supporting that person. Students are seeing how empathetic listening and kind acts can greatly support their friends, family members and others in their lives.

Nurse News!

Diabetes is not the only “adult” disease on the rise in children and adolescents. High blood pressure has become more common as well, largely because of increased obesity in the young, although often an underlying — and treatable — disorder is the cause. The following is a link to an article on High Blood Pressure in Children.
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