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Laura Deom

Principal’s Update 10/24

Attachments:

1. GCHS Student Council Trick or Treat For Riley Information  Trick or Treat for Riley Info
2. Red Ribbon Spirit Week  20141023084332836
3. Social Work Information: United Christmas Service; Feast of Plenty  20141024122625294

News:
1. Acuity/ISTEP Information, Updates and Changes:

Standardized assessments (tests) in Indiana are now changing for all Hoosier students. Assessments given this year and in years to follow will be based upon Indiana’s new College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) which are required by recent legislation and have recently been approved by the Indiana State Board of Education. These standards represent a significant increased expectation and rigor placed on students at each grade level. The state assessments of the new CCR Standards similarly represent increases in expectations. MIS students see four of these assessments each year: Acuity 1, Acuity 2, Acuity 3, and ISTEP+. Each of these assessments are new and completely re-written to align with the new CCR Standards. We have now completed the Acuity 1 test for ELA and math.

We can already share with you some observations about the new Acuity assessments (assuming your child has not shared his or her observations). The new tests are clearly more challenging for students. New types of test items are found in the tests including some questions for which there are multiple correct answers and students must select ALL correct answers to receive full credit. There are also a number of new “technology enhanced” test items where students must manipulate graphics on the computer to identify correct answers to questions. Please view the following link for released sample test questions (http://experience-ccra-in.ctb.com).

Students across the board are scoring lower than scores for Acuity tests we have given in the past. This was expected, not only due to the increased expectation and rigor, but also due to the fact that Acuity tests now measure students only on grade level standards. The first round of Acuity in past years was constructed based upon standards from the prior grade level as well as the current grade level. For example, a current fourth grade student would be tested over both third and fourth grade standards. However, the first round of Acuity now consists exclusively of material from the current grade level which means students may be tested in October over material that might not be presented in the curriculum until December or later. Thus, lower Acuity scores from this first round do not surprise us. We expect scores to climb as students are presented with more grade level standards as the year progresses. As a staff, we will use this data to look at the curriculum needs of our students and adjust accordingly.

It is important for parents to know that we expect to see these same changes in expectations and rigor in the new ISTEP+ test taken in April and May of 2015. We have spent a great deal of time studying the new standards and taking all practical measures to prepare students for these new standards and accompanying new assessments. Nonetheless, we know both students and teachers will take some time to adjust to these new standards and forms of assessment. We expect test score to reflect our learning curve.

I encourage parents to contact their child’s teacher or the office with any questions regarding changing standards and assessments. Interested parents may find more information from the Indiana Department of Education by clicking the following link: http://www.doe.in.gov/standards

2. Red Ribbon Week – For more information about this National Event please visit: http://redribbon.org/

3. Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest: Come join us from 11am-1pm in the cafeteria tomorrow for some pumpkin decorating fun. All decorated pumpkins will be on display in the MIS lobby.
Students will vote on the top pumpkin. Prizes will be awarded to the top pumpkin.

3. Maxwell Intermediate School – Indiana Pacer Night
THIS JUST IN! Our school has partnered with the Indiana Pacers to participate in a FUN, UNIQUE, and EXCITING fundraiser! Sell tickets to Pacers games, win some really neat prizes such as a Pacers personalized jersey or a chance to meet a Pacers player, and help raise money for our school! New this year, everyone who turns in an order form with at least 1 ticket sold will receive a FREE Pacers branded cinch bag!

We will have our very own school night at a Pacers game with a BIG CHECK PRESENTATION on CENTER COURT at halftime! Everyone will be together cheering on our hometown Pacers on
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 vs. the Orlando Magic. Our school’s top seller will be able to stand next to a Pacers player during the National Anthem, receive an autographed basketball, and have
up to 4 tickets upgraded in a luxury suite on our school night! Additionally, the overall top seller of the 2014-2015 Pacers School Fundraiser Program will have a Pacers player personally come visit him or her at their school! Take your order form around your neighborhood, to your friends, and to your place of work. A portion of every ticket sold will help raise money for our school.  Turn in your order forms by Wednesday, January 21st, 2015.

Upcoming Dates

1. October 25th: Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest (11am-1pm)
2. October 29th: Parent/Teacher Conferences Night #1 (4-7pm – by scheduled time)
3. October 30th: 5th Grade Family Book Club – Library
4. November 4th: Fundraiser Party
5. November 4th: Parent/Teacher Conferences Night #2 (4-7pm – by scheduled time)
6. November 6th: Student Council Meeting – 7AM
7. November 10th: 5th Grade Veteran’s Day Q/A – 8:30-9:00am
8. November 10th: Family Literacy Night – 6:30-7:30pm
9. November 26th-28th: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL
10. December 1st-5th: 1st Semester Corporation Math Benchmark
11. December 3rd-16th: Science/SS Acuity Window
12. December 4th: Student Council Meeting – 7AM
13. December 8th-13th: Acuity Readiness #2 Window (ELA/Math)
14. December 17th: Family Math Night – 6:30-7:30pm
15: December 19th: End of 2nd Grading Period

PACERS GAME FUNDRAISER!

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Win some neat Pacers prizes and raise money for our school by selling tickets to Pacers games! Invite your friends, family members, and co-workers to our school night on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 and pick up your prizes at the game! Win a Pacers personalized jersey, meet a Pacers player, and earn other great prizes by participating! Everyone who turns in an order form with at least 1 ticket sold will receive a FREE Pacers branded cinch bag! Order forms are on their way, so get ready to sell, sell, sell and help our school raise money. Turn in your order forms by Wednesday, January 21st.

Principal’s Update 10/3/14

News:
1. FALL BREAK – We hope everyone has a restful and safe fall break. We look forward to seeing everybody back bright and early on Monday, October 20th.

2. We received word that the following students won the Riley Festival Pumpkin Decorating Contest:

5th Grade
1st Place – Kortneigh R.
2nd Place – Victoria T.

Middle School Division – 6th – 8th Grade
2nd Place – Haley H.

3. 5th Graders from Maxwell swept the Riley Festival Poetry Contest!

First place – Kylie D.
Second place – Zoe S.
Third place – Derek N.
1st Honorable mention – Ben M.
2nd Honorable mention – Louis C.
3rd Honorable mention – Mason P.
Upcoming Dates

1. October 6th-17th: Fall Break – No School
2. October 20th: School Resumes
5. October 20th: ELA Acuity A Testing Begins
6. October 23rd: Fundraiser Items Delivered to MIS
7. October 25th – Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest (11am-1pm)
8. October 29th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm – by scheduled time)
9. October 30th – 5th Grade Family Book Club – Library 10. November 4th: Fundraiser Party 11. November 4th: Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm – by scheduled time) 12. November 6th: Student Council Meeting – 7:00am
Webpage Link:
1. For the latest team news as well as grade level newsletter information, please visit the following link:
http://mis.gcsc.k12.in.us – go to the team tab at the top and select the appropriate grade level
Have a great fall break!!

Principal’s Update Week of 9/29/14

News:
1.  Immunization Update/Exclusion from School: 
We still have a few students (mostly 6th graders due to the need for additional shots at this age) that are not in compliance.  Please note that if you are not in compliance you will have been in receipt of three letters as well as a phone call from Mr. Whitaker this week.Beginning October 1, 2014, students will be EXCLUDED from school.  If the student arrives to school on this date, they can remain in the building until the end of the day.  However, they will be removed from the presence of other students and placed in a separate classroom/conference room.  At the end of the day, a parent/guardian will have to pick them up from school as they will not be permitted on the bus due to being excluded.

Here are a few options for receiving vaccines:

a.  Most physician offices do not require a doctor’s appointment for vaccines. The parent can call and schedule an appointment just for a              vaccine. This is typically a more flexible, easy to schedule appointment.
b.  The Hancock County Health Department can administer vaccines by appointment. Their number is 477-1125.
c.  Local pharmacies can administer vaccines, but they are limited by laws.  Please contact one of them for more details
d.  Parents can call health departments in other counties if they are unable to get into the Hancock County Health Department.

Also understand that you must provide documentation to the school after vaccines are received. Calling to tell us the vaccine was given does not meet the documentation requirements.

We would prefer to avoid the issues listed above as we want the students in class.  We will expect that all records are up to date prior to the October 1st exclusion date.  Thanks for your help in this matter.

2.  Large Group Pick-Up – K-Kids, student council school-wide events, etc.  – We attempted to use the south side of our building and the new parking lot area to accomplish this task for our first large event of the year.  It was not as smooth as we had hoped.  Therefore, we would ask that you use the normal before/after school pick-up/drop-off drive for the purpose of picking students up from these after school activities.

3.  Acting Opportunity:  The Ricks-Weil Theatre Company in Greenfield will hold open auditions for Pat Cook’s, “Dad’s Miracle Christmas” which will be presented December 5-14 at the Ricks Centre for the Arts.  Director Sam Brown will hold auditions on September 29 and 30 at 7:00 pm at the Ricks Centre. They are specifically looking for 3 boys (10 to 12 years old).  Other characters in the play are: Teacher (Stage age 45 – 65); Dad (Stage age 40 – 55); Mother (Stage age 40 – 55); 17 year old boy; 2- teen age girls (14 to 16 years old); One neighbor lady (Stage age 40 – 65). For more info contact SAM.BROWN@DFAS.MIL or 364-9575.

Upcoming Dates

1.  September 29th- October 3rd:  Math Acuity A Testing Window
2.  October 2nd:  Student Council Meeting (7am)
3.  October 3rd:   End of 1st Grading Period
4.  October 6th-17th: Fall Break – No School
5.  October 20: ELA Acuity A Testing Begins
6.  October 23rd:  Fundraiser Items Delivered to MIS
7.  October 25th – Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest (11am-1pm)
8.  October 29th & November 4th:  Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

Webpage Link:
1.  For the latest team news as well as grade level newsletter information, please visit the following link:
http://mis.gcsc.k12.in.us – go to the team tab at the top and select the appropriate grade level

Have a great weekend.  We look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning.

Principal’s Update Week of 9/22/14

Attachments:

1.    College Go Spirit Week
2.    MIS Master Calendar Update (9-17-2014)

News:

1.  Immunization Update/Exclusion from School:
We still have several students (mostly 6th graders due to the need for additional shots at this age) that are not in compliance.  Please note that if you are not in compliance you will have been in receipt of your second letter this week.  In addition, the final notice will be going out September 25,2014.

Beginning October 1, 2014, students will be EXCLUDED from school.  If the student arrives to school on this date, they can remain in the building until the end of the day.  However, they will be removed from the presence of other students and placed in a separate classroom/conference room.  At the end of the day, a parent/guardian will have to pick them up from school as they will not be permitted on the bus due to being excluded.

Here are a few options for receiving vaccines:

a.  Most physician offices do not require a doctor’s appointment for vaccines. The parent can call and schedule an appointment just for a vaccine. This is typically a more flexible, easy to schedule appointment.
b.  The Hancock County Health Department can administer vaccines by appointment. Their number is 477-1125.
c.  Local pharmacies can administer vaccines, but they are limited by laws.  Please contact one of them for more details
d.  Parents can call health departments in other counties if they are unable to get into the Hancock County Health Department.

Also understand that you must provide documentation to the school after vaccines are received. Calling to tell us the vaccine was given does not meet the documentation requirements.

We would prefer to avoid the issues listed above as we want the students in class.  Therefore, if you have questions or concerns about meeting the compliance of the
immunizations, please contact Mrs. Amy Dingman (School Health Assistant -326-3121) or Corporation Nurse, Mrs. Dawn Hanson (477-4601) on Monday, September 22nd to discuss.
Otherwise, we will expect that all records are up to date prior to the October 1st exclusion date.  Thanks for your help in this matter.

2.   AM Drop-off  –  We don’t know if it is the new drive or just a shift in practice; however, we have many more students being dropped off this year.  With this said, please know that student drop-off in the morning is on the north side of the building.  If you drop your child on the south side, it is very unsafe for them and interferes with bus traffic.  We appreciate your help and understanding with this.

3.   JBS Shuttle Bus Information:  JBS has informed us that beginning Monday, the shuttle bus will be moving to the furthest northern portion of the sidewalk that it currently drops onto to help with congestion during the morning drop-off.

4.  Book Fair –  We would like to thank all of you for helping to make our fall book fair a success.  Special thanks to the parent volunteers who gave of their time to help us out this week.

5.  Items from Home – We have started to see an increase in items being brought to school that are not academic in nature.  We would remind you that per our student handbook on page 7:
ITEMS FROM HOME – With the exception of normal school items, no one is to bring items from home unless the item has been previously discussed with the teacher and administration. No pets can be brought from home.  The school is not responsible for items brought from home.

6.  Hancock Madison Shelby Educational Services Free developmental screenings for children ages 3-5
Why:  If you suspect delays in speech, readiness, motor skills, or other areas of development in your preschooler, early intervention is the best strategy to remediate these delays before kindergarten.
Who:  Contact Janice Cassell, preschool intake coordinator or Michelle Muckerheide, school psychologist at 462-9219 to schedule a free screening.

*Early intervention matters!*  For more information about developmental milestones and educational activities for preschoolers, please visit the preschool section of the HMSES website under the “services tab” at: http://www.hmses.org/Preschool.html

Upcoming Dates

1.  September 22nd- October 3rd:  Acuity A Testing Window
2.  September 26th: Picture Re-takes
3.  October 2nd:  Student Council Meeting (7am)
4.  October 3rd:   End of 1st Grading Period
5.  October 6th-17th: Fall Break – No School
6.  October 23rd:  Fundraiser Items Delivered to MIS
7.  October 25th – Second Annual PTO Decorating Contest (11am-1pm)
8.  October 29th & November 4th:  Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

Webpage Link:
1.  For the latest team news as well as grade level newsletter information, please visit the following link:
http://mis.gcsc.k12.in.us – go to the team tab at the top and select the appropriate grade level

Have a great weekend.  We look forward to seeing everyone Monday morning.

College Go Week 9/22 – 9/26

Students and teachers will be participating in activities to get students thinking about college and their future.  Next week will be College Go Week with the following Spirit Days taking place:

Monday – Wear your Maxwell Spiritware  to show that Maxwell is an important step in preparing you for college readiness.
Tuesday – Show and Tell us where you see yourself in 20 years.  Dress up to show what you will be.
Wednesday – Wear college gear to show us where you would like to attend college.
Thursday –  Wear your college hat to show your spirit.
Friday – Wear green to show that it takes a lot of money to attend college.
Dates and Events

THE MAXWELL OFFICE IS CLOSED FOR SUMMER BREAK JUNE 18-JULY 20, 2018.

**School student day 7:50 AM - 2:10 PM and office hours from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

*Please see our "News" tab above for other news and opportunities around MIS, GC, and the local community.

** Weekly editions of the 2017/2018 Principal's Update are now posted under "MIS News."

-Classes start at 7:50 a.m. Doors to parent drop-off at Door 10 open at 7:40. Please use parent entrance off of CR 500 North.

-Don't forget to update your child's transportation information using School Dismissal Manager. Please make changes by 1:30 to ensure that your child is properly notified of changes.

-We are pleased to offer a Grab and Go style breakfast to students this year.

SHOP ONLINE: Support our school. Simply go to www.schoolstore.com, select our school and let the shopping begin!! Feel free to share with family members and friends.

Upcoming Dates:

July 25th: 5th Grade Meet the Teacher Night/Open House 6:30-7:30pm
July 26th: 6th Grade Meet the Teacher Night/Open House 6:30-7:30pm
July 30th: 4th Grade Meet the Teacher Night/Open House 6:30-7:30pm