What's Up Weekly!



Parents: Please stress the importance of getting a good nights sleep and eating a healthy breakfast everyday, but especially testing days.

Students: Use your strategies and do your very best on the tests this week.

We will be using the student's data from the tests to plan instruction, Focus time activities, interventions, and tutorials.

Work hard and try your best on the tests!!

Students may bring snacks for testing days. Pretzels, crackers, or fruit snacks.

Important Dates:

Monday, November 18- Math Benchmark 4/5th grades

Tuesday, November 19- Reading Benchmark 4/5 grades

Wednesday, November 20-

4th grade Writing Benchmark

5th grade Science Benchmark

Friday, November 22- Family Thanksgiving Meal @ GIS cafe (students can invite 2 guests only because of limited space- Please return orange RSVP note to the office)

Monday November 25- Friday November 29- THANKSGIVING BREAK

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Food Drive through next Tuesday, November 19 to benefit our local food pantry.

Thanksgiving Food/Donation Drive

We are collecting canned foods. To encourage participation we are having a contest to see which staff member can collect the most cans/donations. Students can bring cans or donations and place in the container of the person that they want to wear a turkey suit on the day of our Thanksgiving Meal, next Friday. The staff members are Coach Bigham, Mr. Namken, Mrs. Brewerton, Ms. Rooker, Ms. Surman and Mrs, Floyd.
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Learn with IXL at home!

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We’re using IXL to support our curriculum this year, and your child has access to this online program at home. With thousands of skills that match what we’re learning, as well as insights into student progress, IXL is a great resource to help your child excel.


1) Practice

Encourage your child to work on the diagnostics 10 minutes every night.

2) Explore personalized skill suggestions

Encourage your child to visit their Recommendations wall for helpful review or new challenges—it’s full of skills picked just for them!

3) Stay in the loop

Sign in to your child’s account and click on Analytics to see what they’ve been working on and take a peek at their progress. Celebrate your child’s accomplishments Want to receive certificates whenever your child reaches a milestone? Sign in, click on their profile icon, and enter your e-mail address under “Profile & settings”.

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What we are learning about in 4th Grade....

What we are learning about in 5th Grade....

?! Riddle of the Week ?!

Every Brain is Wired differently.

  • What you do and learn in life physically changes what your brain looks like- it literally rewires it.
  • The various regions of the brain develop at different rates in different people.
  • No two people's brain store the same information in the same way in the same place.
  • We have a great number of ways of being intelligent, many of which don't show up on IQ tests.

Brain Rules by John Medina

Let's see who is reading the newsletter....

Reply to the riddle of the week with the correct answer to receive a prize from Mrs. Floyd.

Please send an email response to the riddle of the week- the first 4 responses will win.

Riddle of the week...

What rewires the brain??

Campus Wide Expectations- Buff a Laws

Please click the link (button) above to see the explanation of our campus expectations. We use tickets to reward positive behavior of students. Students may use their tickets to purchase items and attend a reward activity every 6 weeks.

Character Counts!! #BuffPride

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Braveheart of the Week #Superhero #ThePowerofOne

Ms. Bahena amazes me daily with her trustworthiness.
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Braveheart Award for this week goes to..... Mrs. Bahena

Thank you Mrs. Bahena for everything that you do.

Ms. Bahena truly is an inspiring example of a teacher. She's so patient with students and helps them work hard everyday to make progress on their goals. She's always prepared and very organized! She coaches at the high school but always puts her students here at GIS first and is so trustworthy to do the right thing! I am amazed at her work ethic and positive attitude.

Bravely leading students to see their WONDER.

Thank you Ms. Bahena - we appreciate you! (Teacher)

#ThePowerofOne #KnowyourWHY

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