Wednesday Weekly for January 14th, 2015

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Good Evening Gambold Families,

Important this week!

– All scholars were given a Commitment Form on Tuesday during advisory. Due to the change in location for the IB Program, we are asking families to indicate your intentions for next school year, 2015-2016. This information will help determine things like transportation needs and staffing plans. Please complete the form and return it to school by Friday of this week.

– Sophomore Families – Your scholars will be participating in a reading program during advisory second semester. The funding partner requires parents to sign on a weekly basis that your scholar has done the assigned reading. They should be bringing you a form regularly starting later this month. It will look similar to forms you may have signed in elementary school.

– REMINDER – Magnet/Choice Applications are due by January 23, 2015. – Magnet/Choice Application window is now open. Be sure to tell anyone you know looking for a high school about our program and how to apply at https://myips.org/gamboldprep. 




Parent Involvement Tips of the Week!

-Make the MLK Holiday this Monday “A Day On not a Day Off”. Many organizations are holding events this weekend and Monday to honor and celebrate his life. Many of them need volunteers or are offering great workshops and programs. Find some here – http://indywithkids.com/free-admissions-and-events-around-indy-on-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-day/

College Prep Tip of the Week!

MANDATORY ORIENTATION MEETING- Spring 2015 Center for Leadership Development Self-Discovery program.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium at Crispus Attucks High School

What’s happening!

– Attention Junior Parents – Student Advisory Council: The Department of Education is now accepting applications from juniors and seniors through January 16, 2015 to join Indiana’s first Student Advisory Council. Twice per year, the Student Advisory Council will have a meeting with Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz to discuss issues in K-12 schools from a student’s perspective. Each Indiana congressional district will be allotted one representative, and another student will serve as an at-large representative for all schools in the state. Information regarding the process for applying can be found in the Student Advisory Council’s application, and information regarding the functions and organization of the council can be found in the Student Advisory Council’s charter. Please send any questions about the application process or the council to studentadvisorycouncil@doe.in.gov.

– Parent Meeting – January 27th at 6pm in the Media Center
o Topics:
• Will the Affordable Care Act affect your tax return?
• How to read and use the PSAT Results.
• Parent volunteer needs for second semester

– Goodwill Drive: We are now in 7th place in the Goodwill drive. Please look around your home and ask your family and friends for clothes, toys, books and household items no longer used and donate to Goodwill. You can take your donation to any Goodwill Donation Center and tell them you are supporting Gambold High School for the Donation Drive. For locations, check http://www,goodwillindy.org. The deadline is February 1st. If you prefer, you can bring the donation to Gambold to be donated.

– If you know an exceptional Indianapolis Public School teacher (IPS) who has turned around the lives of one or more students and demonstrated a record of academic success, you can nominate them for the Hubbard Life-Changing Teacher Award worth $25,000. Nominators can go online at http://TeacherAward.org to submit a nomination by January 24, 2015.

– Drama and Costume Club is looking for donations. If you have craft and/or sewing supplies you no longer use, please bring to Mrs. Nelson at the front desk. They need sewing pins, yarn, fabrics, sewing machine needles, machines, hot glue and glue guns, chalk, paint, anything people have laying about from past projects. If you have sewing or costuming skills and would like to volunteer with the club, please contact Lori Armstrong at armstrlo@myips.org.

– Remember – our website, http://www.gamboldprep.com, is a great place to keep up-to- date.

– Tip — look for the MyIPS App in Google Play and the App Store. Search – Indianapolis Public Schools. This is the best way to get alerts related to school delays and closings.

– Schedule – Monday is a day off school for MLK Day. Last week’s snow days will change the schedule of classes in the spring.  Stay tuned for details.

– Questions – Contact me at armstrlo@myips.org or 226-4108 or 441-2457.

Have a Great Week and Stay Warm,

Lori Armstrong

Partnership Coordinator