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GJHS Newsletter 12/2/2022

Week at a Glance:

Monday 12/5

  • MAP Testing (Science)

Tuesday 12/6

  • MAP Testing (Science)

  • Club photos

Wednesday 12/7

Thursday 12/8

  • MAP Testing (Math)

Friday 12/9

  • MAP Testing (Math)

  • Santa Hat day

Principal’s Message

Jackie Carducci GJHS Principal

Is it Time for a Quiet Hug?

As parents, we hug our children when we celebrate their accomplishments, when we share proud moments, and when they excel. But the question is…what about those times when they challenge us?

If you are like me, it may seem that our words are not always heard by our children. It is said that we are the sum of our five closest people, which is why the teen years can be so challenging. The messages from parents and close friends can often be in opposition, which makes this a confusing time for them. Add to that, the rigor of school and social media, and students often find themselves anxiety-ridden, stressed, and overwhelmed.

As parents, finding the balance between pushing them towards their goals and showing empathy can be difficult. When we are feeling this way, it just might be the time for a quiet hug that can make a world of difference for both of us.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the power and benefits of hugs. According to a Berkeley Wellbeing study, for example, research showed that hugs reduce the levels of cortisol in our blood, which lowers anxiety and stress. It also raises oxytocin, which generates a feeling of overall happiness.

Hugs have the potential to diminish feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anxiety. We may feel our teens pulling away from us most days, but pulling them in for a long quiet hug can send a message of the love and support they so desperately need.

Events & Honors:

Homework Club: December 9th is the last day of 6th grade homework club. There is no 6th grade homework club on Monday, December 12th or Wednesday, December 14th. We will resume 6th grade homework club next semester. Happy Holidays, from Mrs. Zuniga!

DISTRICT SURVEY: The annual Districtwide Survey for parents/guardians will be open from Tuesday, November 1, 2022, through Friday, December 16, 2022. The survey is intended to provide information for Clark County School District (CCSD) and schools regarding progress toward CCSD priorities and to comply with the requirements of the Board of School Trustees and the Nevada Department of Education. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and is a vital part of CCSD’s annual self-assessment. The required participation rate threshold is a minimum of 75 percent of all eligible survey takers Parents/Guardians are encouraged to submit their 2022–2023 Districtwide Parent/Guardian Survey online using a computer, laptop, or other mobile device at Any parent/guardian with children in the school is eligible to take the survey.

Santa Run: Save the date! Greenspun StuCo is sponsoring our first ever Santa Run on 12/15 after school from 2:15-3:15! Tickets will go on sale next week! Who will be the fastest Santa? We can't wait to see! More info coming soon!

Soccer: Boys and girls interested in playing soccer this Spring, please go to to register and get physical information. You will not be permitted to tryout without both fully completed. More information and intramural dates to come after winter break. Please see Coach Sakola or Coach Flickinger for additional information.

Colorguard: GJHS Colorguard sincerely appreciates donations that help to make our program successful! Please consider donating on our webstore to provide our team with equipment and opportunities to perform! Color Guard is also selling HOT CHOCOLATE after school every Monday and Friday!

Running Club: ATTENTION Greenspun Running Club! This is just a reminder that if you are interested in buying a shirt to please complete the form and return it to Ms. Lopez before you leave for Winter Break.

Yearbooks: 8th grade farewell ads are now on sale! Yearbooks are more than just a history of your child's year- they are a capsule that stirs nostalgia in years, or even decades, down the road. Give your graduating 8th grader something special in their yearbook. Recognize your graduate with a farewell ad! Ads can be purchased and created at

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, December 7 at 2:30pm. Click here for GJHS SOT information.

Check the GJHS calendar for more events & information.

Greenspun Gallery:

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



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