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Principal’s Update 5/11/18

** Be sure to check out the Upcoming Dates section of this email for important future events.


  1. GC Boys Basketball Summer Camp Information     GC Boys Basketball Summer Camp Information
  2. Bentley’s Place Information     Bentley’s Place
  3. GCJHS Band Information     Beginning Band Parent Letter 2018
  4. Cougar Summer Tennis Camp     Cougar Tennis Summer Camp Registration ’18.doc
  5. GCAT Swim School Information     GC Swim Lessons flyer summer 18 (1)


  1.  New: Required Bus Evacuation Drills:  This will occur after school on May 21st.  Afternoon routes may be running a few minutes late due to this state mandated drill.
  2. New: 7th GRADE BAND! Attention all 6th grade students and parents!  As you are preparing to transition to the Junior High next year, have you considered becoming a part of the “Cougar Pride” Band program?  Plans will need to be made by the end of this current school year, as student schedules for 7thgrade will be based around their participation in Band (and/or Choir or Violin), and which instrument a student chooses to play.  During the next few weeks, there will be several important events to give you all the info you will need to know about how to join the Band:
  • Monday May 14th (MIS) / Thursday May 17th (GIS)  – 6th graders will visit GCJHS for orientation, including a demonstration concert by the Band (also Choir and Violins).  Later that day students will receive the Permission Slip that will allow them to be excused from class to participate in the May 21st Instrument “Try-ons”.
  • Monday May 21st – Mr. Poncar and Mr. Basso will visit your school to “Try-on” students for instruments.
  • Wednesday May 23rd  – Meeting @ GCJHS Cafeteria @ 7:00 pm for incoming 7th grade parents (and students, optional) to find out instrument info and sign up for band.  This will be a fairly short but very important meeting to explain the GCJHS Band program, and this is where and when you will enroll your child in next year’s 7th grade Band!

Please see the attachment to this email (“Band Parent Info for incoming 7th Grade 5-18”) for more details, and be looking for your student to bring home the Permission Slip the afternoon of their orientation visit to GCJHS.

“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.”

– President Gerald Ford

  1. New: Yearbooks: There are a limited number of yearbooks for sale if you did not originally order one.  They are $16 and checks should be made out to Maxwell IS.  They will be sold on a first come- first serve basis until gone.  No additional books will be ordered.  We will not hold books so students and/or parents must have money at the time of purchase.

New:  Last Day of School/Awards Day:  Please note the time changes listed below to lunch times.  We will be recognizing Honor Roll (All A, A-B) as well as perfect attendance.  We would encourage you to monitor Powerschool to see if your child is eligible for one of these awards  as you will not be contacted.  Please know that we define perfect as just that, “without blemish.”  If a student has missed a day, part of a day or left early/arrived late, they are not eligible for this award.

Teachers will also be recognizing academic award winners in content areas. I

f your child will be receiving a classroom award,

parents will be contacted by the classroom teacher.

This will occur on May 31st:

      Awards (Cafeteria) 

      4th Grade 8:15AM– 9:00AM

      5th Grade 9:15 – 10:00AM

      6th Grade 12:15 – 12:45PM

      Lunch Times for Last Day: (these times are changed to accommodate awards and 6th Grade Celebration)

       4th Grade:  11:05-11:35

5th Grade:  10:30-11:00

6th Grade:   11:40-12:10  – Updated Time (We purchase only enough pizza for the students on this date.  If you plan to eat with a 6th grader on this date, please plan ahead by bringing your own lunch) 

  1. Clinic News:  Any medications stored in the clinic must be picked up by the end of the last school day. State law prohibits us from sending it home with students.  Any medication left in the clinic after this time will be disposed of properly.  In addition, medication administration forms and care plans for the 2018-19 school year are now available in the clinic at MIS or on our website.
  2.   6th Grade Parents!   Your student is eligible to sign up for Strings Class at GC Junior High School for Fall 2018. Seventh Graders will have the opportunity to sign up for beginning violin, and their journey can continue with Concert Strings and Chamber Music into 8th Grade and High School. The mission of the GC Strings Program is to develop admirable character in students while serving the community with excellence in chamber music.

Don’t delay, this is your only chance to join this program as a 7th grader. Please take a moment to review the attached letter, check out the Strings Website and videos, and Sign Up now by Friday, May 18 via this Google Form. Your student will be making beautiful music in no time!

Visit our GC Strings Website

Sign Up for Strings by May 18 via this Google Form

  1. Warm Weather and Dress Code: As the weather has finally begun to show signs of spring being here, we wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of the MIS Dress Code that can be found on pages 16-17 of your child’s printed student handbook and on page 17 of the online handbook.  The online handbook can be accessed at
  1. Cell Phones at School:  We are seeing a growing number of students coming to the office stating parents have contacted them to be picked-up and/or will be dropping items off for them.  Please note that school policy prohibits students from using their device during normal school hours.  In the case that you need to reach your child during the day, we politely ask that you call the main office (317-326-3121).  We will contact your student to relay a message and/or get items to them.  If it is a serious enough matter, we would be happy to call the student down to contact you.  This will help eliminate any cell phone violations and disruptions during class.  We appreciate your help with this matter.

Vaccination Opportunity:  For the 2018-2019 school year, students in the sixth grade are required to have two Hepatitis A, a meningococcal, and a Tdap vaccine in order to be compliant with state requirements. Hepatitis A vaccines must be given six months apart. The Hancock County Health Department generally offers open clinics prior to the start of school, but you can also call and schedule an appointment or use your regular healthcare provider to receive vaccines. Due to the six month period that must pass between Hepatitis A vaccines, you should start NOW to ensure your student will not be excluded from attendance next school year.

  1. Clinic Reminder:  All medication, including over the counter, requires a request to administer document to be completed and brought to school by a parent or guardian.  The request to administer form as well as quite a bit of other health related information can be found at the following link:  Please note that cough drops are exempt from this policy.
  1.  Keeping up with the latest at MIS:

– MIS Facebook:

     –  MIS Event Calendar: This will be updated throughout the year.

     –  MIS Website: (The “Team Pages” Link for latest homework, etc)

–  MIS Lunch Menu:

     – MIS PTO Facebook:

– MIS PTO Email Contact:

– MIS Twitter Feeds (#proud2bMIS, #MISgotchas)

– MIS Instagram:


Mrs. Greulich:  @MIS_AsstPrin

4th Grade:
Mrs. Deom:  @deom_laura

Mr. Gilman:  @MrGilman_MIS

Mrs. Hall:  @mrs__hall_

Mrs. Heller:  @klh181967

Mrs. Herron: @MrsHerronMIS

Mrs. Tilley:  @ajdctilley

5th Grade:
Mr. Berrier:   @BerrierScott

Mrs. Wayne:  @wayne5th

6th Grade:  

Mrs. Blasdel:  @Mrs_Blasdel

Mr. Cooper: @hangwithcooper6

Mrs. Glant: @MrsGlant

Mrs. Proper:  @kristine_proper

Miss Strifler: @MissStriflerMIS


Mrs. Muehl:  @MissMuehlArt

Mrs. Reynolds:  @GCSCArtTeach


Mrs. Fletcher:  @FletchComputers


Mrs. Beuoy:  @MrsBeuoy

Academic Coaches:

Mrs. Leliaert:  (MIS Math Coach):  @lleliaert

Mrs. Wright (MIS Literacy Coach): @rachellew67

Upcoming Dates:

May 15th:  Incoming 7th Grade (current 6th Graders) Parent Night @ GCJHS – 7:00-8:00pm

May 25th:  4th Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie
May 28th:  Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)

May 31st:  Last Day of School/Awards

July 16th:  Online Registration Opens

July 19th:  Onsite Registration for New Students (12-7pm)

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

Dates and Events

**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.

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Upcoming Dates:

Upcoming Dates:

April 23rd: ISTEP Part 2 Begins
May 3rd: Student Council Meeting - 7:00am
May 4th: MIS Variety Show
May 7th: 6th Grade Kid's Talk Program
May 8th: Incoming 4th Grade (Current 3rd Graders) Parent Night @ MIS - 6:30-7:30
May 9th: 4th Grade Famous Hoosiers Presentations
May 10th: MIS PTO Meeting - Library 2:30pm
May 15th: Incoming 7th Grade (current 6th Graders) Parent Night @ GCJHS - 7:00-8:00pm
May 25th: 4th Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie
May 31st: Last Day of School/Awards
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