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Message to Parents from the Director of Schools

9-11-2020 Swift K-12 Message

Good morning,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I am contacting you this morning with an important update.

Effective Monday, September 28th, all students who have chosen in-person learning will begin operating on an A/B Hybrid Schedule. Students will be divided into an “A” group and a “B” group. Individual schools will send a notification on Monday, Sept 14th alerting parents/guardians of the group to which students are assigned.

Students assigned to the “A” group will attend school in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students assigned to the “B” group will attend school in-person on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Students will continue to complete assignments and watch teacher posted videos online on days in which they are not scheduled to attend in-person.

Students and staff will follow the safety protocols outlined within our GCS Framework for Safe Reopening of Schools.

Given the current conditions within our community, we believe this plan provides the safest environment for students and staff while providing a quality educational experience. As a reminder, throughout the year plans may be altered for the safety of students and staff.

Once again, more information will be coming from individual schools on Monday, September 14th. Thank you for your flexibility and continued support of Greeneville City Schools as we navigate this global pandemic.

Have a great day!

 

District SwiftK12 Message 8/19/2020

Good evening,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I am contacting you this evening with an important update on our mode of learning.

All students will remain fully online during the week of August 24th through 28th.

In an effort to balance the learning needs of our youngest students, our highest needs students, and our technical education students while also thinking about the safety of students and staff and our ability to socially distance students, we will begin transitioning students back into our buildings in small groups on a limited basis.

Pre-Kindergarten students will begin a staggered half-day in-person schedule of instruction beginning August 31 through Sept. 11. Kindergarten students will begin in-person instruction on an A/B Hybrid schedule for half-days beginning August 31 through Sept. 11. Conditions will be monitored and evaluated for a possible move to a full day A/B Hybrid model beginning Sept. 14. Teachers will contact parents for specifics regarding the days which students will attend. Days which students do not attend will continue to be online learning days.

Also, individual plans are being developed for our highest needs students to begin attending in-person on August 31 in small groups to ensure their specific needs are being met. Schedules for individual students will be communicated by their teachers.

In order for Greeneville High School students with scheduled classes at Greene Technology Center to have the opportunity to apply their learning in a hands-on manner, they will be allowed to attend GTC classes on Wednesdays during their regularly scheduled class period beginning Sept. 2nd. GTC Teachers will reach out to students to communicate specifics. A survey will be sent to parents/guardians of students inquiring about their need for transportation to attend these in- person GTC classes.

We will continue to monitor and assess conditions regarding planning for bringing additional elementary students back for A/B Hybrid in person learning and will strive to give a 2-week notice before transitioning. At this time, students in grades 6-12 will continue to be fully online and improvement in conditions will be closely monitored for a possible transition.


Given our current situation, this plan provides us with the best opportunity to keep our students and staff members safe, while providing a quality educational experience. It should also be noted that as conditions change, we may be forced to alter our plans for the safety of students and staff. Thank you for your patience and continued support of Greeneville City Schools as we navigate this global pandemic.

Thank you.

District SchoolCast Message 6/29/2020

Greeneville City Schools 2020-2021 Back-To-School Update #2

 SCHOOLS WILL OPEN AUGUST 5, 2020

Planning Updates

The Greeneville City Schools’ Leadership Team continues to plan for welcoming students back to school on August 5th. We have held multiple planning sessions with the Northeast TN Regional Medical Director, the local health department, and the TN Department of Education (TDOE). Additionally, we have reviewed multiple guidance documents from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the TN Department of Education, the TN Department of Health, the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, and the TN Pledge, “Reopening Tennessee Responsibly.” We also continue to monitor the daily reporting on the TN Department of Health website of new COVID-19 cases, active COVID-19 cases, and the average rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents for Greene County, the region, and the State.

As we work through the development and finalization of our Draft Reopening Plan, we are looking at three options for instruction; Full In-Person Instructional Model with safety precautions, an A/B Group Blended Learning Model where students attend school on staggered days with safety precautions, and a Full Online Model. The model employed will be dependent upon conditions and restrictions in place within Greene County and the State. As stated in previous communication, to honor individual needs and circumstances of students and families, we also plan to offer the choice of a full-time online program of study as an alternative to in-person or blended learning models.

A draft “Framework for a Safe Reopening of Schools” will be released on July 8th for parent, staff, and community feedback. Additionally, a second survey will be released in conjunction with the “draft plan” asking parents to make their final choice for the type of instruction they want for their children. These survey results will allow us to plan for staff and resource allocation. The expectations for online learning will be that the content, instructional quality, and expectations will mirror those of in-person learning. Additionally, the TN State Board of Education has passed a policy and emergency rule that will require a minimum of six and one hours of instruction for 180 days if students are participating in online instruction. Also, grades will be taken on assignments in the same manner as in-person instruction and will count towards the student’s nine week’s and final grades.

Survey Results

There were a total of 1418 responses to the online parent survey. Results are as follows:

Type of Instructional Delivery (Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding)

Full In-Person with Precautions – 826 responses or 58.3%

Blended Learning with Precautions – 408 responses or 28.8%

Full Online Learning – 182 responses or 12.8%

Transportation Needs (Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding)

Yes – 313 responses or 22.1%

Maybe – 128 responses or 9.0%

No – 972 responses or 68.5%

No response – 1 response or .07%

 

Timeline and General Precautions

  • July 8 – Update #3 release – Draft Back-to-School Plan sent out with request for plan input and Parent Final Learning Option Survey
  • July 20 – Update #4 with release of Final Plan
  • August 5 – First Day of School

 

Student activities will follow the most up-to-date safety recommendations and will seek to minimize health risks. Some of the safety precautions are listed below.

  • Increased DEEP-CLEANING practices at all schools and on buses
  • Hand washing/sanitizing provisions for all schools
  • Daily temperature checks for students and adults
  • Students and staff with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be isolated and sent home
  • Schools will work diligently to reduce social interactions
  • Only pre-approved visitors will be allowed on campus
  • Details are still being worked out regarding other school activities (athletic events, field trips, concerts, bus service, and others)

NOTE:  As plans develop and recommendations change, procedures will be adjusted as needed.

Commitments

Considering the ever-changing situation with Covid-19, we must remain flexible and open-minded during the planning process as well as throughout the 2020-2021 school year. While many factors change daily regarding COVID-19, two things will not be compromised: 1) our commitment to student and staff safety, and 2) our dedication to the mission of Greeneville City Schools which is to “Cultivate the Mind & Impact the Heart Through Excellence and Equity.” Our planning has included intense focus on the safety, health, and well-being of students and employees while at the same time has maintained our steadfast commitment to ensuring a high-quality academic experience for each student we serve. We are so appreciative of your continued patience and understanding as we work through this process.

 

 

District SchoolCast Message 6/17/2020

Greeneville City Schools 2020-2021 Back-To-School Update #1

 GREENEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS WILL OPEN AUGUST 5, 2020

In Greeneville City Schools, the health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities. The GCS Leadership Team has been working diligently to plan to safely welcome our students back to school on August 5.  An important part of this planning process is parent input. 

We appreciate the work and flexibility of our teachers and parents as we ended the spring semester of school. Considering the ongoing situation with Covid-19, we must remain flexible and open-minded throughout the process of planning for the 2020-2021 school year. While there are many changes occurring in our world, the mission of Greeneville City Schools, “Cultivate the Mind & Impact the Heart Through Excellence and Equity”, continues to be our focus.

District and school leaders have sought and continue to seek advice from a variety of references and stakeholders throughout this process. Some of the references used in this work are listed at the end of this document. 

We are currently working on a plan to have children in physical classrooms when school opens on August 5 while following health and safety recommendations and guidelines. Protocols will be in place to limit interactions and increase cleanliness efforts.  To honor individual needs and circumstances of students and families, we also plan to offer the choice of a full-time online program of study as an alternative to in-person learning.  Should the need arise to close buildings in the future, our transition from on-campus instruction to online learning should be seamless.

To inform our planning, please complete this parent survey CLICK HERE   The survey will gauge interest in online learning and will seek feedback about our online learning in April and May 2020.  It is extremely important that you respond to this survey to inform planning and resource allocation both for online and in-person learning. 

On July 8, we will release our draft 2020-2021 Reopening School Plan.  At that time, you will be asked to provide input on the draft plan and complete a final survey choosing either online or in-person learning for your student/students. The latest health conditions in Greeneville and Greene County should help to inform your learning delivery decision.

WE ARE COMMITTED TO BEING RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS WHILE FOLLOWING PRACTICAL GUIDANCE FOR COVID-19 SAFETY

As this planning moves forward, educators and parents will receive regular updates on the planning process, along with evolving safety guidance from local, state, and national health and safety sources. Our timeline and communication plan can be found at the end of this document.

Student activities will follow the most up to date safety recommendations and will seek to minimize health risks. Some of the safety precautions are listed below.

  • Increased DEEP CLEANING practices at all schools and on buses
  • Hand washing/sanitizing provisions for all schools
  • Daily temperature checks for students and adults
  • Students and staff with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be isolated and sent home
  • Schools will work diligently to reduce social interactions
  • Only pre-approved visitors will be allowed on campus
  • Details are still being worked out regarding other school activities (athletic events, field trips, concerts, bus service, and more)

 

NOTE:  As plans develop and recommendations change, we will adjust procedures as needed.

 

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

TN Department of Education Reopening Guidance

National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

The McKinsey Report

TN Department of Health

2020-2021 Back-to-School Planning Timeline

  • June 16– Teacher Survey
  • June 17 – Parent and Community Update #1 and Parent Online Learning and Return to School Survey
  • June 23 – Teacher Advisory Meeting with Leadership Team
  • June 29 – Update #2 release
  • July 8 – Update #3 release – Draft Back-to-School Plan sent out with request for plan input and Parent Final Learning Option Survey
  • July 20 – Update #4 with release of Final Plan
  • August 5 – First Day of School

 

 

 

 

District SchoolCast Message 5-14-2020

Good Evening,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope you and your family are doing well and staying healthy. I am contacting you this evening to provide some important updates.

All returning students need to complete the registration process for the 20-21 school year. Snapcodes have been sent by email to the parents of all current students. The subject of the email is Greeneville City Schools Returning Student Registration. Please contact your school if you did not receive a registration email.  It is imperative that all returning student registration be completed as soon as possible.

On-line Kindergarten registration continues for all children who reside inside the Greeneville City limits and who will be a new student entering kindergarten for the 20-21 school year. The registration link is available on the school system’s website at www.gcschools.net .

Teachers and principals are beginning work on class and course assignments and registration data is crucial for planning and scheduling purposes.

All athletic activity will remain suspended at this time. This suspension will include scrimmages, practices, organized workouts, tryouts, and conditioning. A plan is being developed, in consultation with TN Dept. of Health officials, to resume conditioning in a controlled environment with safety precautions in place. Details of the plan will be released in the coming days.  

All playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums on school property, as well as school parking lot use for recreational purposes, remain closed at this time. We continue to consult with health officials and monitor situations to determine when restrictions may be eased or lifted.   

Our current feeding program will continue to provide meals to anyone 18 years of age or younger through Thursday, May 21. Pickup is available at Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School from 11:00 am till 12:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Delivery service is also available for those without reliable transportation. For more information, please call 423-278-9156 or complete the online survey on our district website.

The summer feeding program will begin on Tuesday, June 2 and run through Tuesday, June 30. Each Tuesday during June the school nutrition team will distribute 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches per student.  Pick- up will continue to be at Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School from 11:30 am till 12:30 pm. Delivery service will not be available during the month of June. A survey will be posted on our GCS website on Friday, May 15 to sign up for student meals for the month of June.  Please follow the instructions to sign up as this is a separate registration for the summer program. Signing up helps with ordering needed supplies and preparing the adequate number of meals.

The last day of online learning will be Friday, May 15. Students and/or parents should continue to check their student’s school email twice daily through May 19 so as not to miss any important information. Let’s finish this school year strong!

Principals will send SchoolCast messages with specifics regarding end of year procedures for the pick-up and drop-off of materials at school. Additionally, all student obligations will be communicated and will need to be settled by no later than June 12.

All students, except for graduating seniors, will be allowed to keep their Greeneville City Schools provided computer this summer in order to continue learning. If your student will not be returning to Greeneville City Schools in the fall, please call the school office to make arrangements for the return of the system provided device.

Applications to enroll 4-year-old children for the 20-21 school year in the Pre-K Program began on May 1 and will continue. The registration link is available on the school system’s website. Eligibility for enrollment in the Pre-K program is determined by federal and state program requirements. Please call 423-863-3736 or 423-677-8469 should you have any questions regarding the Pre-K program.

We are currently gauging interest for our Summer Extended School Program (ESP) via survey on the district website. ESP is a childcare program for current GCS students who were in grades Pre-K through 5 during the 2019-20 school year. More information will be published at a later date, if it is determined that ESP summer childcare will be offered.

Should you have questions about anything covered in this message, please call 423-787-8000, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

Our positive quote this week is from Jimmy Dean, an American country music singer, television host, actor, and businessman: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Be safe, stay well, and stay positive! Thank you!

 

 

District SchoolCast Message 5-7-2020 

Good evening,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope you and your family are doing well and staying healthy. I am reaching out this evening to provide some important updates.

A Virtual Senior Showcase program will be broadcast/livestreamed on Thursday, May 21. Details will be shared by Mr. Fraley in his weekly message.

All athletic activity will remain suspended at this time. This suspension will include scrimmages, practices, organized workouts, tryouts, and conditioning. We continue to consult with health officials to determine when restrictions may be eased or lifted.

All playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums on school property, as well as school parking lot use for recreational purposes, will remain closed until further notice.

Our School Nutrition Team will continue to provide meals to anyone 18 years of age or younger through Thursday, May 21. Pickup is available at Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School from 11:00 am till 12:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Delivery service is also available for those without reliable transportation. For more information or to sign up for the feeding program, please call 423-278-9156 or complete the online survey on our district website. The summer feeding program will begin on Monday, June 1 and run through Tuesday, June 30. More detailed information about the summer feeding program will be released in the coming weeks.

Greeneville High School Seniors last day of online learning will be Monday, May 11. The last day of online learning for all other grade levels will be Friday, May 15. Students and/or parents should continue to check their student’s school email twice daily through May 19 so as not to miss any important information. Let’s finish this school year strong!

Principals will send SchoolCast messages on Friday, May 8th with specifics regarding end of year procedures for the pick-up and drop-off of materials at school. Additionally, all student obligations will be communicated and will need to be settled by no later than June 12.

All students, except for graduating seniors, will be allowed to keep their Greeneville City Schools provided computer this summer in order to continue learning. If your student will not be returning to Greeneville City Schools in the fall, please call the school office to make arrangements for the return of the system provided device.

All returning students need to complete the registration process for the 20-21 school year. Snapcodes have been sent by email to the parents of all current students. The subject of the email is Greeneville City Schools Returning Student Registration. Please contact your school if you did not receive a registration email.  It is urgent that all returning student registration be completed as soon as possible.

On-line Kindergarten registration will run through Friday, May 8th for all children who reside inside the Greeneville City limits and who will be a new student entering kindergarten for the 20-21 school year. The registration link is available on the school system’s website at www.gcschools.net

Applications to enroll 4-year-old children for the 20-21 school year in the Pre-K Program began on May 1 and will continue. The registration link is available on the school system’s website. Eligibility for enrollment in the Pre-K program is determined by federal and state program requirements. Please call 423-863-3736 or 423-677-8469 should you have any questions regarding the Pre-K program.

Should you have questions about anything covered in this message, please call 423-787-8000, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

Our positive quote this week is from Oscar Wilde, a noted poet and playwright: “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.”  

Be safe, stay well, and stay positive! Thank you!

 

 

School Level School Cast 5-1-20

Our online instruction continues next week. Please check our website each week for updates for student learning.  Please make sure your child is engaging in these wonderful activities to further their learning and checking their school email regularly. Teachers and school personnel will continue to contact students and families with phone calls and emails.

The final day of online learning for K-8 students will be May 15. Specific plans for the pick-up and drop-off of materials and belongings will be communicated in next week’s SchoolCast message.

Students in grades 3-8 will not receive a report card grade for the 4th nine weeks of school. However, they will receive a yearlong grade that will be comprised of the average of the first and second semester grades.

As a reminder, Reading Plus has been added to all student Launchpads.  This is a wonderful program to increase reading fluency and comprehension. When your child opens the program, they just need to follow the directions on the screen.

Also, Typing Agent is a program that is available on all student Launchpads.  If you would like for your student to have some additional practice in learning to type, ask them to work in Typing Agent. Make sure they are placing their hands on the home row keys as they work in this product.

Our students have been given free access to Rosetta Stone. If you would like to enroll your child in the free service to begin to learn an additional language, please follow the instructions on the Additional Resources section of the Learning from Home tab on our website. Also see the General Resources tab for information on the Homework Hotline, PBS, and Ready Rosie programs provided by the Tennessee State Department of Education. Our afterschool tutoring program will continue during this time.

Returning student registration Snapcodes have been send to parent or guardian emails. Please complete registration as soon as possible.  Let the school know if you did not receive a Snapcode. The Greeneville City School System will hold on-line Kindergarten registration and pre-k registration during the week of May 4-8, 2020, for all children who reside inside the Greeneville city limits and will be a new student entering kindergarten or pre-k for the 2020-2021 school year. On May 4 at 8:00 a.m., registration documents will be available for completion on the school system’s website at www.gcschools.net5th grade students can now register for the band program at Greeneville Middle School. A registration link will be sent to 5th grade student email accounts. https://forms.gle/YfqSGQvkRRwu8Kmw5

Our School Nutrition Team continues to provide meals to anyone 18 years of age or younger. Pickup is available at Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School from 11:00 am till 12:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Delivery service is also available for those without reliable transportation. For more information or to sign up for the feeding program, please call 423-278-9156 or complete the online survey on our district website. The current feeding program will continue through May 21. The summer feeding program will begin on Monday, June 1 and run through June 30. More information to come about the summer feeding program.

 

District SchoolCast message 4-30-20

Good Evening,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope you and your family are doing well and staying healthy. I am reaching out this evening to provide some important updates.

A Virtual Senior Showcase program will be broadcast/live streamed on Thursday, May 21. Details will be shared in the coming days.

Following the continued advice of public health officials to protect the health and safety of students and coaches, all athletic activity will remain suspended at this time. This suspension will include scrimmages, practices, organized workouts, tryouts, and conditioning. We continue to monitor the situation and consult with health officials to determine when restrictions may be eased or lifted.

All playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums on school property, as well as school parking lot use for recreational purposes, will remain closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Our School Nutrition Team continues to provide meals to anyone 18 years of age or younger. Pickup is available at Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School from 11:00 am till 12:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Delivery service is also available for those without reliable transportation. For more information or to sign up for the feeding program, please call 423-278-9156 or complete the online survey on our district website. The current feeding program will continue through May 21. The summer feeding program will begin on Monday, June 1 and run through June 30. More information to come about the summer feeding program.

Greeneville High School Seniors last day of online learning will be Monday, May 11. Plans are being finalized for seniors to pick up personal belongings and materials from GHS while also dropping off any school owned property, including textbooks, devices and chargers, band or athletic equipment, or any other items assigned by the school. Details will be communicated by Mr. Fraley in his May 8 weekly message. Additionally, all student obligations will be communicated and will need to be settled by no later than June 12.

The final day of online-learning for grades K-11 will be May 15. Each school principal will communicate specific plans for the pick-up and drop-off of materials and belongings as previously described above their May 8 weekly message.

Students and/or parents should continue to check their student’s school email twice daily through May 19 so as not to miss any important information. Let’s all finish this school year strong!

Parents of kindergarten through eighth grade children residing outside the Greeneville city limits who will apply as new tuition students will register online beginning at 8 am on Friday, May 1. This also includes Highland Elementary free tuition applications. The online link will go live at 8 am. If you have questions, please call 423-787-8000.

On-line Kindergarten registration will be held May 4th through 8th for all children who reside inside the Greeneville city limits and will be a new student entering kindergarten for the 20-21 school year. The registration link will be available on the school system’s website.

Applications to enroll 4-year-old children for the 20-21 school year in the Pre-K Program will begin on May 1. The registration link will be available on the school system’s website. Eligibility for enrollment in the Pre-K program is determined by federal and state program requirements. Please contact Latasha Keller at 423-863-3736 or Constance Ashcroft at 423-677-8469 should you have any questions.

Please visit www.gcschools.net for detailed information on all three registrations.

GCS is committed to serving students and families in multiple ways during these extraordinary times. If you should have questions about anything covered in this message, please call 423-787-8000, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

The positive quote for today is from Roy Bennett. Gratitude is the seed that sprouts positivity. Gratitude is a key tenet in all major philosophies, religions, and schools of thought. That is because gratitude is a foundation of positive thinking. We only have a limited amount of focus, so when you are able to be appreciative of what you have, your brain is unable to give life and energy to thoughts about what you don’t have. Seeing events in your life as gifts allow you to perceive how they may help you grow and become a better person, and the application of this attitude during tough times is the hallmark of resilience.

Be safe, stay well, and stay positive! Thank you!

 

School Level School Cast 4-24-20

Our online instruction continues next week. Please check our website each week for updated information about student learning. 

Reading Plus has been added to all student Launchpads.  This is a wonderful program to increase reading fluency and comprehension. When your child opens the program, they just need to follow the directions on the screen.

Also, Typing Agent is a program that is available on all student Launchpads.  If you would like for your student to have some additional practice in learning to type, ask them to work in Typing Agent. Make sure they are placing their hands on the home row keys as they work in this product.

Our students have been given free access to Rosetta Stone. If you would like to enroll your child in the free service to begin to learn an additional language, please follow the instructions on the Additional Resources section of the Learning from Home tab on our website. Also see the General Resources tab for information on the Homework Hotline, PBS, and Ready Rosie programs provided by the Tennessee State Department of Education. Our afterschool tutoring program will continue during this time. More information has been sent to the students who are enrolled in this program.

Information regarding 2020-2021 pre-k registration, kindergarten registration, and new tuition registration for grades K-8 is posted on the district website at www.gcschools.net. Information regarding registration for returning students will be released later.

Information regarding pick up of student ‘s personal items and return of items to school will be announced at a later date.

The Greeneville City School District School Nutrition Team will continue to provide meals to anyone 18 years of age or younger on the following schedule. One breakfast and one lunch will be provided on Mondays, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on Tuesdays, and two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on Thursdays. This will provide five breakfast meals and five lunch meals per week for each child served. Pickup will continue to be available at either Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School.  There is a new pickup time.  It’s now from 11:00 am till 12:30 pm. Delivery service will also continue to be available for those without reliable transportation. To sign up for the feeding program, please call 423-787-8016 or 423-278-9156 or complete the online survey on our district website.

Elementary

Our students in grades K-2 should spend around 60 minutes per day on the choice board activities in addition to reading for 30 minutes each day.  Students in grades 3-5 should spend around 90 minutes per day on the choice board activities in addition to reading for 30 minutes each day.   Please make sure your child is engaging in these wonderful activities to further their learning and checking their school email regularly. Teachers and school personnel will continue to contact students and families with phone calls and emails.

 

GMS

GMS students should check our website each week for updated hyperdocs for student learning.  GMS students should spend around 150 minutes per day on the hyperdoc activities in addition to reading for 30 minutes each day.  Please check PowerSchool beginning next week to see if your student is completing the assignments. Teachers and school personnel will continue to contact students and families with phone calls and emails.

 

GHS

On the advice of public health officials and in the interest of the health and safety of students and coaches, all athletic activity will remain suspended at this time. This suspension will include scrimmages, practices, organized workouts, tryouts, and conditioning. We will continue to monitor the situation and consult with health officials to determine when restrictions may be eased or lifted.

Additionally, on Wednesday the TN Secondary School Athletic Association announced that all remaining TSSAA events for 2019-20, including all spring sports and the postponed BlueCross Basketball Championships, are cancelled. Information will be given to member schools regarding summer athletic activities in regards to the sports calendar at a date in the near future. Once received, this information will be communicated by GMS and GHS Athletic Directors and Coaches.

After careful thought and deliberation among system, school, and health officials, the decision has been made that the Greeneville High School commencement ceremony originally scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2020 has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10 AM. We hope this date will allow enough time for restrictions to be lifted and allow a traditional graduation ceremony to be held.  If not, alternative plans to honor our graduates on the same date and time are being organized.  Based on restrictions in place at the time along with data and guidance from state and local public health officials, a decision will be made on July 20 regarding the type of ceremony to be held. While this is not the way we had planned to celebrate our graduates, we believe the delayed graduation date will allow a greater opportunity to honor the Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone in the lives of students and families.

Additionally, a Virtual Senior Showcase program will be broadcast/livestreamed on Thursday, May 21 and a GHS Senior Banquet is being planned for Thursday, July 30, if health restrictions in place at that time allow. Details will be shared in the coming days about these events, and that information that will need to be returned/responded to in a timely manner.

All playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums on school property, as well as school parking lots to use for recreational purposes, will remain closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

 

 

School Level SchoolCast Message 4-17-2020

On Wednesday, April 15, Governor Lee called on all public schools in Tennessee to remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Greeneville City Schools will follow this recommendation and remain closed for the remainder of the 19-20 school year.

Our students have been given free access to Rosetta Stone. If you would like to enroll your child in the free service to begin to learn an additional language, please follow the instructions on the Additional Resources section of the Learning from Home tab on our website. Also see the General Resources tab for information on the Homework Hotline, PBS, and Ready Rosie programs provided the Tennessee State Department of Education. Our afterschool tutoring program will continue during this time. More information will be sent to the students who are enrolled in this program.

Information regarding kindergarten registration and new tuition registration for grades K-8  for 2020-2021 is posted on the district website at www.gcschools.net. Information regarding new tuition registration for GHS can be obtained by calling the school.  Information regarding registration for returning students will be released at a later date.

The Greeneville City School District School Nutrition Team will continue to provide meals to anyone 18 years of age or younger on the following schedule. One breakfast and one lunch will be provided on Mondays, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on Tuesdays, and two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on Thursdays. This will provide five breakfast meals and five lunch meals per week for each child served. Pickup will continue to be available at either Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School from 10:00 am till 12:30 pm. Delivery service will also continue to be available for those without reliable transportation. To sign up for the feeding program, please call 423-787-8016 or 423-278-9156 or complete the online survey on our district website.

For elementary students, online instruction will continue. Please check our website each week for updated choice boards for student learning.  Our students in grades K-2 should spend around 60 minutes per day on the choice board activities in addition to reading for 30 minutes each day.  Students in grades 3-5 should spend around 90 minutes per day on the choice board activities in addition to reading for 30 minutes each day.   Please make sure your child is engaging in these wonderful activities to further their learning and checking their school email regularly. Teachers and school personnel will continue to contact students and families with phone calls and emails.

At GMS, online instruction will continue also. Please check our website each week for updated hyperdocs for student learning.  Our GMS students should spend around 150 minutes per day on the hyperdoc activities in addition to reading for 30 minutes each day.  Please check PowerSchool beginning next week to see if your student is completing their assignments. Also, please encourage your child to check their school email each day.  Teachers and school personnel will continue to contact students and families with phone calls and emails. Online tutoring is available for all GMS students Monday – Thursday from 3pm-5pm.  Just go to the GMS Website and click on the Online Homework Help Link for details.

At GHS, students are continuing distance learning through the end of the school year. Students are encouraged check their school email and to reach out to their teachers at either GHS or GTC through email, calling the school or other communications established by their teachers. Student feedback and grading is continuing and can be viewed through your Powerschool accounts. While we are not physically at school, school is still in session.  Our expectation and actions are going to be driven by this…what we are providing students to work on is relevant, useful, purposeful and engaging. Students who choose not to participate run the risk of having deficits of their own choosing that could harm them educationally in years to come. The revised student grading policy is posted on the GHS Website and will also be provided in the weekly email.

At GTC, students who attend Greene Technology Center should contact their teachers by visiting the GTC school website and clicking “Read Full Story” and then clicking the email link under their teachers name or by calling the school at 423-639-0171 for specific questions related to GTC classes.

 

District SchoolCast Message 4-16-2020

 

Good evening,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope you and your family are staying healthy and doing well. I am reaching out this evening to provide some important updates.

On Wednesday, April 15, Governor Lee called on all public schools in TN to remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Greeneville City Schools will be following this recommendation and will be closed for the remainder of the 19-20 school year. Online instruction and meal service will continue. More information will be communicated during the week of April 20.

Additionally, on Wednesday the TN Secondary School Athletic Association announced that all remaining TSSAA events for 2019-20, including all spring sports and the postponed BlueCross Basketball Championships, are cancelled. Information regarding summer athletic activities in regard to the sports calendar will be communicated in the near future. Once this information is received, it will be communicated by GMS and GHS Athletic Directors and Coaches.

All playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums on school property, as well as school parking lots to use for recreational purposes, will remain closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

The Greeneville City School District School Nutrition Team will continue to provide meals to anyone 18 years of age or younger on the following schedule. One breakfast and one lunch will be provided on Mondays, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on Tuesdays, and two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided on Thursdays. This will provide five breakfast meals and five lunch meals per week for each child served. Pickup will continue to be available at either Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School from 10:00 am till 12:30 pm. Delivery service will also continue to be available for those without reliable transportation. To sign up for the feeding program, please call 423-278-9156 or complete the online survey on our district website.

Our At Home Learning Program will continue for the remainder of the scheduled school year. Please visit www.gcschools.net for the most up to date information.  Click on the At Home Learning Resources link and then click on your child’s individual school. Grade level specific weekly work expectations and activities for the upcoming week will be posted each Friday. Please call your school office main phone line if you have any questions or need assistance.

Teachers and school personnel will continue to contact students and families with phone calls and emails. We encourage students and/or parents to continue to check their student’s school email twice daily.

Students who attend Greene Technology Center should contact their teachers by visiting the GTC school website and clicking “Read Full Story” and then clicking the email link under their teachers name or by calling the school at 423-639-0171 for specific questions related to GTC classes.

This is an unprecedented time within our state and across the country. Please know that GCS is committed to serving students and families in multiple ways. If you should have questions about anything covered in this message, please call 423-787-8000, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.  

In the words of Jon Gordon, “Positive beliefs lead to powerful actions.” Be safe, stay well, and stay positive! Thank you!

 

District SchoolCast Message 4-9-2020

 

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I am reaching out this evening to provide some important updates.

The Greeneville City School District School Nutrition Team continues to exhibit heroic efforts on a daily basis. They are filling a need and feeding children throughout the community with demand for food rising daily. This week, the team wanted to stretch in order to attempt serving meals to cover a total of seven days per week. As it turns out, the district team and facilities utilized lack the capacity to effectively accomplish this task in a sustained environment. Therefore, meal distribution and pickup will revert back to the original pattern of providing one breakfast and one lunch on Monday, two breakfasts and two lunches on Tuesday, and two breakfasts and two lunches on Thursday. This change will take effect on Monday, April 13, 2020. This will, once again, provide enough meals to cover a total of five breakfast meals and five lunch meals per week for each child served. Pickup will continue to be available at either Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School. Pickup time will remain the same from 10:00 am till 12:30 pm. Delivery service will continue to be available for those without reliable transportation. To sign up for the feeding program, please call 423-787-8016 or 423-278-9156 or complete an online survey on the district webpage.

All playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums on school property, as well as school parking lots to use for recreational purposes, remain closed until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

For the most up to date information on our At Home Learning Program, please visit www.gcschools.net .  Click on the At Home Learning Resources link and you will have the option to click on your child’s individual school. There you will find a link for each grade level. Grade level specific weekly work expectations and activities for the upcoming week will be posted each Friday. Please call your school office main phone line if you have any questions or need assistance.

Teachers and school personnel will continue to contact students and families with phone calls and emails. We encourage students and/or parents check their student’s school email twice daily.

Students who attend Greene Technology Center should contact their teachers by visiting the GTC school website and clicking “Read Full Story” and then clicking the email link under their teachers name or by calling the school at 423-639-0171 for specific questions related to GTC classes.

Grade reporting for the 3rd nine weeks for grades 3-8 has been finalized in PowerSchool and is available as of today. As a reminder, report cards for grades K-2 for the third nine weeks will not be completed, as they require individual assessments which are not possible at this time.

GCS remains committed to serving students and families in multiple ways during this extended school closure currently lasting through April 24. If you should have questions about anything covered in this message, please call 423-787-8000, Monday through Friday between 8 am and 4:30 pm.  

In honor of the Good Friday holiday, all Greeneville City School offices and services will be closed on Friday, April 10, 2021.

Be safe, stay well, and have a great weekend! Thank you!

 

 

School Level SchoolCast Message 4-9-2020

Our teachers and school personnel will continue reaching out to families weekly by phone calls and emails. We are using Google Voice to make these calls, therefore the numbers will look as if they are coming from out of the area.

Please make sure your contact information is up to date. If you need to update your contact information, please contact the school office.

Note the following changes to meal distribution program. Meal distribution and pickup will revert back to the original pattern of providing one breakfast and one lunch on Monday, two breakfasts and two lunches on Tuesday, and two breakfasts and two lunches on Thursday. This change will take effect on Monday, April 13, 2020. This will, once again, provide enough meals to cover a total of five breakfast meals and five lunch meals per week for each child served. Pickup will continue to be available at either Hal Henard Elementary School or at Greeneville High School. Pickup time will remain the same from 10:00 am till 12:30 pm. Delivery service will continue to be available for those without reliable transportation.

K-8-We are continuing our Learning at Home Program.  K-8 should check the Learning at Home icon on the school website for weekly choice boards. While grades will not be given on this work, various forms of feedback will be provided to students.

9-12-High school  teachers are communicating work expectations through email, please make sure your student is checking their GCS email daily. New information is being posted to the GHS website often, please use this resource to stay up to date on all things GHS during our time apart. There has been new information posted this week about contact information for GTC teachers and tutoring opportunities. Also please read your weekly email as details will be shared this week about our grading policy during our distance learning period.

As a reminder, all school devices are monitored and filtered by the school district. Please check out the parent quick tip section on our Learning at Home tab for online safety information.

Students and parents should continue the practice of checking their school emails several times per week. In addition to the choice boards, the programs on the Launchpad are always available for additional learning and enrichment. Please look at the General resources information at the bottom of the Learning at Home page for information regarding state provided resources from PBS and Ready Rosie.

Grade reporting for grades 3-8 for the third nine weeks will be finalized in PowerSchool today.  Report cards for grades K-2 for the third nine weeks will not be completed, as they require individual assessments which are not possible at this time.

Also, in accordance with the Governor’s Safer at Home Act, and actions taken by the Town of Greeneville and by the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Department, GCS will be closing all access to playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums  on school property as well as school parking lots to use for recreational purposes until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to stop the spread of the Covid 19 virus.

 

 

District SchoolCast Message 4-3-2020

First, I want to share some exciting news about some changes coming to our feeding program. Beginning Monday, April 6, we will provide 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Monday, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Tuesday, and 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches on Thursday, effectively providing meals for 7 days. The pickup times, pickup locations, and deliveries will remain unchanged. Meals are free to anyone 18 years of age or younger and children are not required to be present to receive meals.

We are continuing our Learning at Home Program.  All students in grades 3-5 should have their computers at home.  If your child in grades K-2, and does not a computer at home they can use for learning, please call the school office main phone line if you need to make an appointment to pick up your child’s computer.  All school devices are monitored and filtered by the school district. Please check out the parent quick tip section on our Learning at Home tab for online safety information.

Teachers and school personnel will be making weekly contacts with students and families with phone calls and emails. We are using Google Voice to make these calls, therefore the numbers will look as if they are coming from out of the area.

Our students have spent this week working on their Launchpads and checking school email accounts for messages from their teachers. There is a Learning at Home button on school web site home screens.  Grade level specific weekly work expectations and activities are now posted by grade level. These weekly expectations will be posted on Friday’s by 3:00 p.m. going forward and will be in the form of choice boards that have been created by our teachers. Students and parents should continue the practice of checking their school emails several times per week. In addition to the choice boards, the programs on the Launchpad are always available for additional learning and enrichment. Please look at the General resources information at the bottom of the Learning at Home page for information regarding state provided resources from PBS and Ready Rosie.

Grade reporting for grades 3-8 for the third nine weeks will be finalized in PowerSchool by April 9th.  If students have outstanding work, please make sure they send this to their teachers electronically before April 9th.  Report cards for grades K-2 for the third nine weeks will not be completed, as they require individual assessments which are not possible at this time.

Again, as previously communicated in last week’s message, there will be no TNReady testing this year at any grade level.

Field Trips have been cancelled for the remainder of the school year. Information concerning refunds will be sent out at a later date.

Also, in accordance with the Governor’s Safer at Home Act, and actions taken by the Town of Greeneville and by the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Department, GCS will be closing all access to playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums  on school property as well as school parking lots to use for recreational purposes until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to stop the spread of the Covid 19 virus.

 

 

 

District SchoolCast Message 4-2-2020

Hello GCS Families and Staff,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I am reaching out to you this evening to provide some important updates.

First, I want to share some exciting news about some changes coming to our feeding program. Beginning Monday, April 6, we will provide 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Monday, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Tuesday, and 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches on Thursday, effectively providing meals for 7 days. The pickup times, pickup locations, and deliveries will remain unchanged. Meals are free to anyone 18 years of age or younger and children are not required to be present to receive meals.

Also, in accordance with the Governor’s Safer at Home Act, and actions taken by the Town of Greeneville and by the Greeneville Parks and Recreation Department, GCS will be closing all access to playgrounds, ballfields, and stadiums  on school property as well as school parking lots to use for recreational purposes until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we all work together to stop the spread of the Covid 19 virus.

We are continuing our Learning at Home Program.  All students in grades 3-12 should have their computers at home.  Computers for grades K-2 family pick up or delivery should be complete by April 3rd. Please call your school office main phone line if you need to make an appointment to pick up your child’s computer. Teachers and school personnel will be making weekly contacts with students and families with phone calls and emails.

Students in elementary and middle school have spent this week working on their Launchpad and checking school email accounts for messages from their teachers. High school students have been contacted by their teachers with instructions for continued learning.  All elementary and middle schools have a Learning at Home button on the school web site home screens.  Grade level specific weekly work expectations and activities will be posted by Saturday, April 4th. Please check school websites or the district website to access this work. These weekly expectations will be posted on Friday’s going forward.

High School grades for the third nine week reporting period will be finalized in PowerSchool by tomorrow afternoon, Friday, April 3.  Grade reporting for grades 3-8 will be finalized in PowerSchool by April 9th.  If students have outstanding work, please make sure they send this to their teachers electronically before April 9th.  Report cards for grades K-2 for the third nine weeks will not be completed, as they require individual assessments which are not possible at this time. Again, as previously communicated in last week’s message, there will be no TNReady testing this year at any grade level.

Finally, all GCS employees received an email earlier this week outlining important employee information.

Please know that GCS is committed to continuing to serve students and families in multiple ways during this extended school closure currently lasting through April 24. Please check the GCS website at www.gcschools.net , or individual school websites on a regular basis for the most updated information. You may also call your school or the central office at 423-787-8000 should you have questions about anything covered in this message.

Stay safe and do your part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus by following Executive Order 23, signed by Governor Lee today, requiring that Tennesseans stay home unless they are carrying out essential activities. Be safe and stay well! 

 

 

 

District SchoolCast Message 3-26-20

Hello GCS Families and Staff,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope everyone is staying well and practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. I am reaching out to you this afternoon to provide updates to our plans moving forward. We will continue to serve students and families in multiple ways during this time.

As you may have heard by now, Governor Bill Lee has recommended the closure of all schools through April 24. Greeneville City Schools will follow this recommendation and remain closed through April 24. Also, the TN Secondary School Athletic Association issued the following statement.

Consistent with the Governor's statement, and in the interest of the health and safety of competitors, coaches, officials, and spectators, we urge every member school-both public and independent-to continue to follow the Governor's recommendation and suspend interscholastic athletics through April 24, 2020. This suspension should include games, scrimmages, practices, and organized workouts or conditioning.

Greeneville City Schools will be following the recommendation of the TSSAA and suspending all middle school and high school activity through April 24, 2020.

Principals, Assistant principals, district staff, and the IT Team have been hard at work this week making sure that grades 3-12 students, teachers, and staff have access to a device and internet connectivity. This is in anticipation of beginning online learning next week after we have exhausted our stockpile inclement weather days. If you do not have access to a device, if you do not have internet access, or if you need a charger or have other technology needs, please call your school office or the central office at 787-8000 to let us know of your need. More information regarding computers for students in grades K-2 will be coming next week. Please check your school website for information on how to access student launchpad from any device. Also, please remember to read daily for a minimum of 30 minutes with your child.

 

Report card finalization has been postponed at this time.  High School grades will be finalized and reported in PowerSchool by April 3rd.  Middle School and Elementary School report card release times will be communicated next week.

All students in grades 3-12 have full access to all district provided computer programs on the Launchpad. Please ask your students to show you how to access their Launchpad and encourage them to use the programs for learning and enrichment activities.  More information will be posted on both the district and school websites by Friday evening with step by step instructions on how to access the Launchpad.  We also encourage students to check their Greeneville City School’s email daily for updates from their teachers.  Directions for checking student emails will also be posted on school websites.

 

We encourage all elementary and middle school students to continue learning next week using the programs on their Launchpad’s. Weekly lessons and learning activities will be posted on elementary and middle school websites each week on Friday, beginning April 3rd.

High School teachers will begin contacting students through their school emails with online instructional tools and opportunities beginning on April 1st. 

There will be no TNReady testing this year at any grade level. Please contact individual schools if you have questions or call the central office at 787-8000.

 

Our feeding program will continue next week. Please check the GCS website at www.gcschools.net for more information.

Please know that we are here to support you and your students. We have amazing teachers and school staff who are prepared to continue learning in this new environment.  Stay safe and check your school and district websites on a regular basis for the most updated information.

 

 

 

District SchoolCast Message  3-13-2020

Kindergarten registration has been postponed at this time. More information regarding updated kindergarten registration procedures will be coming soon.

 

District SchoolCast Message 3-20-2020

Good afternoon,

This is Steve Starnes, Director of Greeneville City Schools. I hope everyone is staying well. I am reaching out to you this afternoon to provide a few updates.

First, I want to alert everyone to our Feeding Program beginning on Monday, March 23. We will be providing breakfast and lunch to our students and anyone living in the community who is 18 years old and younger. The meals will be provided at no cost. Meals are available for pickup at Hal Henard Elementary or Greeneville High School between 10 am and 12:30 pm. The district will also deliver meals to strategic locations for those without transportation. Please call the district office at 423-278-9156 or complete an online survey per information on the district website if you intend to participate in meal pickup or delivery. The information provided will only be used to assist the district in meal preparation and distribution. For complete details, please visit www.gcschools.net .

Also, I wanted to let you know that we will be using our last six (6) remaining stockpile inclement weather days which will take care of the week of March 23-27 and Monday, March 30. At this time, we will be applying for a waiver for March 31 – April 3.

Next, Kindergarten registration has been postponed at this time. More information will be communicated next week regarding updated registration procedures.

Lastly, beginning on Monday, district and school staff will be finalizing our educational and work plans to be released later in the week. As those plans are finalized, we will communicate that information via SchoolCast, the district website, on our GCS Facebook page, Twitter page, and through the media. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters and please follow the CDC recommended guidelines.