May 2024 Newsletter

Congratulations, Class of 2024.

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to the Class of 2024! This remarkable group of students has reached an important milestone, and we couldn’t be prouder of their hard work, perseverance, and achievements.

Throughout their years with us, these graduates have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their studies, outstanding participation in extracurricular activities, and a solid commitment to their communities. They have grown into resilient, compassionate, and capable young adults, ready to embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives.

Graduation ceremonies will be held at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

  • June 4th: New Washington High School
  • June 5th: Charlestown High School
  • June 6th: Jeffersonville High School
As we honor our graduates, we also want to acknowledge the incredible support from their families, teachers, and staff who have been instrumental in their journey. Thank you for your unwavering encouragement and guidance.

Class of 2024, as you move forward, remember that you are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values to positively impact the world. We are confident you will continue to achieve great things and make us proud.

Congratulations once again, and best wishes for a bright and successful future!

JHS Hoosier Boys State - AFJROTC Cadets

Join us in congratulating Cadet Evan Cooper, the Corps Commander, Cadet Dylan Wibbels, Vice-Corps Commander, and Cadet Lucas Romero from our Jeffersonville High School’s Air Force JRTOC Program, who were selected to be delegates to the 2024 Hoosier Boys State! 

All three cadets are Juniors at Jeff High, and each plays a pivotal role within the program and the school community including members of the National Honor Society. The three are heavily involved in the program with a combined total of over 140 hours of community service. Cadet Evans is also a member of the school’s archery program. Cadets Wibbels and Evans both compete on the award-winning Drill team, while Cadet Romero plays a pivotal role in the successful Physical Training (PT) Team. 
The students will be hosted by American Legion Post 35 as they attend this week-long program aimed at educating Indiana’s young men. The mission is to “actively collaborate to establish platforms and participate in elections, propose laws, negotiate bills and enforce the established legislation from local to state level.” We can’t wait to see what these three learn this summer!

2024 Elementary Academic Team Champions

This school year has been filled with many firsts, and we are excited to announce a historic moment for Greater Clark County Schools. For the first time in our history, we have Co-Champions for the 2024 Elementary Academic Team Competition!

Join us in congratulating the Thomas Jefferson and Utica Elementary Academic Teams for their outstanding performance and remarkable achievement!

Jeff High Wrestling Wins 2024 IHSWCA Academic Team Challenge!

We are thrilled to announce that Jeffersonville High School’s Wrestling Team has won the 2024 Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association (IHSWCA) Academic Team Challenge. 

Not only did they secure the top spot among 32 IHSAA Sectional Championship Teams, but they also set a new record with a team GPA of 3.704 out of 4.0! These wrestlers and their coaches are truly champions on and off the mat, and we are so proud of their hard work and dedication.

Entry-Level Teacher Pay Increased!

We’re thrilled to announce a significant increase in entry-level teacher pay, reaffirming our commitment to attracting and retaining top talent in education. Starting immediately, entry-level educators will enjoy a starting salary of $50,000, with the top of the pay scale raised to $87,000. This marks a $2,000 base increase, building upon the $2,500 raise announced in September 2023 for the upcoming school year.

We deeply value our teachers’ contributions and recognize their pivotal role in shaping our students’ future. This action invests in our educators’ success and ensures our entire school community receives the highest quality instruction.

Thank you to our incredible teachers for all that you do!

Craft Fair Registration

Attention all craft vendors! Reserve your spot now for the GCCS Holiday Craft Fair. 

This year’s Holiday Craft Fair will be held September 21st at River Valley Middle School from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

2024 Greater Clark County Education Foundation Mega Grant Recipients

We are delighted to announce that three of our schools have been awarded $5,000 Mega Grants by the Greater Clark County Education Foundation. These grants will support innovative projects aimed at enhancing student learning experiences. Congratulations to the following recipients:

Charlestown Middle School
Mrs. Joann Talley received $5,000 for their Piano Lab project. This initiative will create stations for students to perform solo or in groups, learn to read music, and compose new pieces. The lab will facilitate a new related arts class available to students in grades 6 through 8.

New Washington Elementary

Thanks to Principal Josh Emily, the school will now have its own Book/STEM Vending Machine. This innovative project will provide students with access to books and STEM materials. Each student will have the opportunity to select either a book or a STEM kit from the vending machine every year.

Charlestown High School
Ms. Erin Cassidy’s culinary program received a grant for a Healthy Choice Mobile. This program will design healthy menus and prepare foods for distribution through a small mobile food trailer, serving both students and community members.

We are incredibly proud of these educators and their commitment to enhancing our students’ educational experiences. Thank you to the Greater Clark County Education Foundation for making these projects possible! We can’t wait to see these projects come to life.

Photo Credit: Extol Media

Meta's Jeffersonville Data Center Supports STEM Labs in Our Schools!

We are thrilled to announce that Meta’s Jeffersonville Data Center has generously committed $50,000 to support the development of STEM labs in three of our schools: Pike Elementary, Charlestown Elementary, and River Valley Middle School.

Each of these schools will soon benefit from a state-of-the-art STEM lab, equipped with:

  • 3D Printers
  • A Glowforge Laser Engraver
  • Whiteboard Maker Tables
  • Tower Garden FLX Growing Systems
  • A Teacher Geek Maker Cart with over 40 STEM projects
  • And much more!

This incredible contribution from Meta will greatly enhance our students’ educational experiences, providing them with hands-on opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math. We are deeply grateful for Meta’s support and dedication to our community.

Thank you, Meta, for your unwavering commitment to fostering innovation and excellence in our schools!

Photo Credit: Extol Media

Regina Oglesby scholarship for minorities in education

Join us in congratulating the inaugural Regina Oglesby Scholarship recipients, Nashiea Edminston and Terrance Thomas!

The Regina Oglesby Scholarship Fund was established to support the recruitment, development, and retention of minorities within the Greater Clark County Schools teaching staff. Thanks to the generous funding from the Bales Foundation, each recipient received $5,000 to continue or pursue their education.

We are incredibly proud of Nashiea and Terrance and look forward to their future contributions to our community.

Photo Credit: Extol Media

Registration Reminder

Reminder: registration for the 2024-2025 School Year is now open. Families of current students from Prek-11th grades should have received a Snapcode letter with the Snapcode needed to enroll.

Families interested in transferring their student to another school must request a School Transfer Form from their current school to initiate the transfer process.

Happy Summer, Greater Clark!

Happy Summer, Greater Clark County Schools! 

Thank you for another incredible school year! We hope you have a fun and safe summer break. Enjoy your time off, relax, and make wonderful memories. We can’t wait to see you back in August, ready for another fantastic year!

2024-2025 Calendar + First Day of School

Friendly reminder, the first day of school for the 2024-2025 School Year will be August 1st, 2024! 

We hope you have a great summer and can’t wait to see you back and ready to learn in August!

SunBucks Summer Program

If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals in school, they can receive $120 (per child) on a Summer EBT card. To receive this benefit, families must have a free or reduced lunch application for the current 2023-2024 School Year. Families can complete the application here.

You do not need to reapply if your child already receives free or reduced meals.

Free/Reduced Lunch for the 2024-2025 School Year

Please note that applications for free/reduced lunch benefits for the 2024-2025 School Year will be open on July 1st. If you’ve previously submitted an application for the upcoming school year during student registration, you must reapply once the application opens in July.

However, applications for benefits for the current school year (2023-2024) are still being accepted until the last day of classes. If you require assistance, please don’t hesitate to apply!

We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this matter.

We're Hiring

Be part of something Greater!

We’re actively hiring for a number of positions, including Teachers, Para Educators, and Bus Drivers. Make a difference in the community’s future, impact our youth, and find a passionate career with us.

Benefits include a flexible schedule, Health, Dental, Vision, and Life insurance, access to the Wellness Center, and TRF/PERF (Indiana State Retirement) paid by GCCS.

The Academies Section

Seniors at Jeffersonville High School in Zach Anderson’s Engineering Design & Development course hosted parents, community members, and business partners at the Marshall Center to showcase the innovative products they designed. These Red Devils spent the bulk of the semester applying the engineering design process to develop a product that would solve a problem for them and their peers. Through this process, students were required to conduct market research to validate the problem they initially defined. After accomplishing that, students conducted further research on intellectual property that was similar to their product idea so they would not infringe on a patent already existing. From there, students built and iterated prototypes that demonstrated a proof of concept. Lastly, students presented their ideas, concepts, and products to an authentic audience. Among this audience was Sunender Mann, who is the Regional Director of Operations at Amazon in Jeffersonville, Indiana. He delivered an inspiring message to kick off this showcase and encouraged students to always keep an engineering and entrepreneurial mindset in their future endeavors.

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