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GJHS Newsletter 2-24-2023

Updated: Feb 25, 2023

Week at a Glance:

Saturday 2/25:

  • Color Guard competition at Arbor View HS

Monday 2/27:

Tuesday 2/28:

Wednesday 3/1:

Thursday 3/2:

Friday 3/3:

Principal’s Message

Jackie Carducci GJHS Principal

You Just Haven’t Found the Right Book

When I walked into the Greenspun Library this morning, I was greeted with an array of colorful books, posters, and cool miscellaneous items that Mr. Slocum, our librarian, organized to showcase his amazing book fair. It was an enticing display even for those who do not like to read.

As a former high school English teacher, I have often heard my students express an extreme dislike for reading. My reply is, “You just haven’t found the right book.”

As I explained the many adventures a reader can take through the pages of the “right” book,” some of them looked at me like I was delusional.

“And how is that possible, Miss?” they would ask in a skeptical tone.

This is the part in the conversation where I could have started with research-based findings about how reading improves language skills, academic success, and cognitive development, but those “buzz words” don’t always mean the same to them as they do to educators.

Instead, I began the conversation with the reasons why I love reading, and then I promised them that if they find the right book, they might just feel the same way.

To this day, I tell students that I love to read because I get to travel somewhere I have never been. I get to experience different voices, time periods and cultures. I get to escape from the unending demands of life, if only for a little while, and get lost in the intricate journeys of characters who have to overcome challenges just like I do, and they do.

And then, we talk about how the characters’ conflicts and resolutions are lifelong lessons and can make us see things in a new way. I emphasize how much we can learn from the characters that we fall in love with as we get to know them through the written word.

“The right book,” I say, “will play with your emotions. It will make you smile, cry, laugh out loud, or just make you think. It will help you develop empathy for the characters, and for others like them, just like you and me in the real world.”

Again, I emphasize, “It’s all about finding the right book.” What better place for students to begin their search than at the Greenspun Book Fair next week?

Events & Honors:

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

  • Brianna Wiley

  • Tabitha Bwakamba

  • Emily Rich

  • Jordan Lemnah

  • Athena Arhontas

  • Mina Cota Mendivil

  • Sanai Shereef

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

  • Annika Pedrozo

  • Creedence Mikelson

  • Lucci Camardella

  • Gia Camardella

  • Franklin Nguyen

  • Brylee Crain

  • Prince Tyler

  • Malia Ortiz

  • Shanna Stonehocker

  • Abigail Gray

  • Luke Wade

  • Armon Mccoy

  • Joseph Garcia

  • Jacob Garcia

Dolphin Basketball: Congratulations to our boys and girls basketball teams this year! The Lady Dolphins made it all the way to the division playoff semifinals! We are very proud of our teams!

Reading Week 2023: Nevada Reading Week 2023 begins on Monday, Feb. 27! Greenspun will celebrate with fun activities and contests every day, including a book drive! Please donate gently used children's books to the box in your 1st period class! Donations benefit local charitable organizations here in the valley! Please visit the library website at for more information! Parents can sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair by clicking here: CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

Honor Jazz Band: Last weekend, members of the Greenspun Jazz Band auditioned for the SNBA Middle School Honor Jazz Bands. Congratulations to the following students!

  • Mary Afework- 1st Chair Tenor Saxophone

  • Paige Tassin- 1st Chair Trombone

  • Isaac Rosenberg- 2nd Chair Trombone

  • Alex Sanchez- 3rd Chair Trombone

  • Symphony Mello- 6th Chair Trombone

  • Elijah Coronado- 8th Chair Trombone

  • Devin Bodily- 1st Chair Trumpet

  • Evie Robbins- 9th Chair Trumpet

  • Anna Swenson- 1st Chair Vibraphone

  • Max Solomon- 1st Chair Drum Set

Robotics/STEM Donation Drive: We are proud to have a robust, hands-on engineering program here at Greenspun. To help us to update outdated equipment, we are holding a donation drive for the month of February. Robotics and STEM 101 students received paperwork including prize information on Monday, but if you are interested in supporting our efforts, information can be found at this link. There are many prize levels, but if we hit our goal of $7000 on March 7, Mr. Jackson and Ms. Juliano will have to spend an evening on the roof of Greenspun. Thank you in advance for supporting Engineering at Greenspun!!!

Special Program: The Connection Center team will collaborate with parents/guardians of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related disruptive behaviors that are currently enrolled in the Clark County School District to address current behavioral concerns in the home and/or community. You will receive support and coaching through hands-on implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based strategies. For more information, please contact 702-799-7973.

City of Henderson 14th Annual Teen Writing Contest: From December 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023, you can submit your original poetry, short stories, and essays here: Winners will be announced at a private reception in Spring 2023 featuring a special guest speaker.

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 March and does not sign your child up for Summer Acceleration.

Cheer: Interested in trying out for Green Valley High School Cheer? Tryouts are March 29, 30, and 31 from 3 to 6pm. There is an optional clinic for $15 on March 25th from 11am to 2pm. The mandatory parent meeting will be held at Green Valley on March 9 at 6pm in room 200. Visit the Green Valley Cheer Webpage for more information:

Color Guard: Colorguard: GJHS Color Guard was awarded 1st place at their competition on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Desert Pines HS and moved up a division. Please come out and support the team at our next competition on Saturday Feb. 25 at Arbor View HS. The guard will perform at 10:14 am. Hope to see you there!

Knitting Club: Knitting Club will be taking a break until March 23rd-see Mrs. Petty for details

Green Valley HS Gator Night: February 27th, 2023 Green Valley High School will be hosting future and current Gators to learn about the courses that are offered at our school. CLICK HERE for more information!

Birthday Greetings: Do you want an easy and fun way to celebrate your child's birthday at school? For $15, we will display a short message on the outdoor digital marquee to help celebrate the day. Additionally, a bag of treats and a personalized birthday card will be delivered to your child during the school day. All funds raised help support Greenspun clubs and activities. CLICK HERE to submit a birthday greeting for your child!

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.

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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