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GJHS Newsletter 1-20-2023

Week at a Glance:


Monday 1/23:

  • NO SCHOOL - Staff Development Day

Tuesday 1/24:

  • Green Valley High School Pre Registration

Wednesday 1/25:

Thursday 1/26:

Friday 1/27:

  • Crazy sweater day!

  • Fine Arts Elementary School Visits

  • Basketball Games vs. Schofield at Schofield: 4:00 boys, 5:15 girls




Principal’s Message


Jackie Carducci GJHS Principal

TEST…that four letter word that many students do not like to hear.

“Man! Why do we have to take another MAP test?”

“Why do we have to practice for SBAC?”

“Why do we spend so much time on testing?”

These are all common questions students ask their teachers throughout the year.

Many argue that test scores are not always an accurate measure of students’ academic ability, nor is it always an accurate predictor of student success. However, testing is a way of life. Students have to pass a test to get their driver’s license, they have to pass a test to get into college, and as adults, they often have to pass a test to get a job.

So why not start preparing our students now by sharpening their test-taking skills and utilizing the upcoming MAPS and SBAC assessments to get a snapshot of where they are academically, where they should be, and how they can get there.

According to the American School Counselor Association, “School counselors recognize that standardized test results provide valuable information related to student achievement. However, school counselors also understand that some students struggle with standardized test practices that prevent these tests from providing an accurate reflection of their capabilities.”

While there are those students who look forward to testing, there are also those who are overcome with anxiety when they hear the word. Being prepared helps to minimize test anxiety and maximize performance for all students.

As the semester progresses, we will make it a priority to prepare our students to do their best on their upcoming MAPS and SBAC assessments. As part of our Greenspun family, we invite you to join us in this endeavor and to assist us in encouraging our students to stay positive whenever they hear that four letter word named TEST.




Events & Honors:


Congratulations to the following students who were recognized with the Student of the Month award for the month of January:

  • Abigail Adeshina

  • Maleah Fitzgerald

  • Kennedy Johnson

  • Salvatore Durazzo

  • Tristan Ringler

  • Ian Allison

  • Gus Helmink

  • Valeria Rosas

  • Sophia Steinborn

Photos courtesy of the GJHS Digital Storytelling class, under the instruction of Ms. Juliano



Congratulations to the following students who were recognized with the Shining Star award for the month of January:

  • Isaac Cisneros

  • Creedence Mikelson

  • Dylan Pazos

  • Chelsea Thompson

  • Andrew King

  • Sadie Mojica

  • Jayden Nasry

  • The Half-Time DOLPHIN

  • Sydney Benincasa

  • Solomon Novak

  • Brook Nihei

Photos courtesy of the GJHS Digital Storytelling class, under the instruction of Ms. Juliano



Grading Policy Community Meeting: Greenspun JHS will hold a community meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 5 PM, in the Little Theater to share grading expectations and information regarding Regulation 5121, Student Progress: Grading (Grades Kindergarten through Twelve). We hope you can join us!


8th Grade Panoramic Photo: The 8th grade panoramic photo will be taken on Monday, January 30th. CLICK HERE to pre-order your photo today!



Summer Acceleration: Greenspun is excited to welcome the return of our Summer Acceleration program! This year it will be held from May 30th through June 16th. Interested families may fill out the Google Form here. Please note: this form is so we are able to send you information in the future and does not sign your child up for Summer Acceleration.


Heart of Education Award: Today: Friday, January 20th is the last day to nominate your favorite Greenspun teacher for the 2023 Heart of Education Award! This is a wonderful award through CCSD and the Smith Center to recognize our fantastic educators. Click on this link and fill out the form.


6th grade Boys basketball: Come out and support our 6th grade boys basketball team at Donald Reynold Boys and Girls Club 2980 Robindale Rd Henderson NV 89074 on the following dates:

  • January 21 @11:00am

  • January 28 @10:00am

  • February 4 @1:00pm

  • February 11 @3:00pm

  • February 18 @11:00am


Volleyball: Boys and Girls Volleyball will be starting in Spring 2023. Please go to registermyathlete.com to fill out all of the proper paperwork to be on the Inaugural Season.


Cheer: The Greenspun cheerleaders are about to begin their competition season. Wish them luck as they compete January 21 at Spring Valley High School, and defend their national title January 27 and 28 at the Orleans Arena.


Colorguard: Color guard will have their first competition on Feb 4th at Arbor View High School. They will perform at 12:00pm with awards at 4:00pm. Hope to see you there!


Soccer: Soccer tryouts are February 21st through February 23rd on the soccer field from 2:15-3:00pm. Girl's and Boy's intramural soccer practices will begin on Wednesday, February 1st. These practices will continue through the month of February every Tuesday and Wednesday after school on the soccer field from 2:15-3:00pm. Appropriate attire is required for intramural practices including school appropriate athletic clothes, shin guards, soccer cleats, and a positive attitude. Intramural practices will continue until soccer tryouts every Tuesday and Wednesday after school through the month of February! If you have any questions- please contact Coach Sakola or Coach Flickinger.


Progress Grades: All missing assignments must be turned in by Wednesday, February 1st. Progress Grades will post on Friday, February 3rd. Please check Infinite Campus for grades and missing assignments.


Homework Club: For the Month of January Homework Club will be in the following rooms starting Monday January 9th:

  • Monday and Tuesday with Mrs. Watson room 135 for 7th & 8th Graders

  • Wednesday and Thursday with Mrs. Heywood room 133 for 6th - 8th Graders


Annual Shoe Drive: The return of the Annual Greenspun Athletic Shoe Drive is just around the corner, February 6-10! Donations of gently worn used or new athletic shoes will be accepted each morning in the quad or at the front of the school. It's a great time to go through your closets, gather up no longer needed sneakers (any type) or cleats, and bring them in. The sneakers that we collect will help raise money to support programs here at Greenspun AND will help our environment by keeping sneakers out of landfills.


Dolphin Cards: SAVE DATE! Students who earned Straight O's for Quarter 2 (these students currently have the 3rd quarter stickers on their school ID's) will be celebrating their Outstanding Citizenship on February 10th during all three lunches. You must be wearing your school ID and sticker to particpate. Thanks for being so wonderful, and we look forward to seeing you next month. If you have any additional questions, please see Ms. Lopez.


Straight O Students: Congratulations to our newest group of students who earned straight Os during the second quarter! They have earned such privileges as going to sporting events without a parent/guardian, playing 4 square the last 10 minutes of lunch, names on the announcements, a “beat the line” pass for lunch once per quarter, an ice cream party, and more!


Home Games for Basketball: A friendly reminder: students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for all home basketball games. If your child has a current dolphin sticker with the number 3 on it, they may attend without a parent or guardian. Admission is $1 for students and $3 for adults.


Running Club: Running Club is BACK! We will start on Tuesday, January 24th in Room 211 from 2:20 p.m - 3:10 pm. If you are a returning runner you do not need to complete a permission slip. If you are just joining, you will need to see Ms. Lopez for a Running Club Permission slip. All permissions slips need to be completed and signed by your parent/guardian before you can start to attend. Thanks, and look forward to seeing you on the 24th!


Knit Wits Knitting Club: Knit Wits Club is back for 2023, and we are working on the purl stitch, scarves, hats, and a club quilt! Come every Thursday after school (until 3:15) to have some fun!


Yearbook: This is your last chance to order a yearbook! The last day to purchase a yearbook is January 27, 2023! Don't wait and miss out on a chance to save this year's memories. Order your yearbook now! jostensyearbooks.com.


8th Grade Recognition/Farewell Ads: 8th grade recognition ads have been extended! This is a one-time chance to get your farewell ad in before the final deadline on January 27, 2023. Don't be left out! CLICK HERE Order your 8th grade farewell ad today!



Infinite Campus Parent portal/Student portal: Parents, please continue to monitor your child’s grades in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. If you need an activation code, please contact Stephany Blanco, office manager, or Mr. Slocum, school librarian, for assistance.


School Organizational Team: The next Greenspun JHS SOT meeting will be on Wednesday, February 22nd at 2:30pm. Click here for GJHS SOT information.


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