Fall means the start of a new school year, and despite the challenges that COVID-19 has brought, the 2021-2022 year has successfully begun at Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation. With eight schools serving more than 4,500 local students and their families, Greenfield offers top-notch educational opportunities that fulfill the corporation’s mission to “prepare students to be lifelong learners and contributing members of a changing world.” Learn more about what is coming this fall at Greenfield-Central.

Staying safe at school

Questions about COVID-19 procedures and safety protocols have likely been the most asked this school year. In a recent YouTube video from the corporation, Superintendent Dr. Harold Olin said, “We’re doing what we can to keep this a safe environment while also allowing us to maximize learning, and we feel like we can maximize that while kids are here.” 

He also added, “We are doing some things differently this year versus last year, obviously masks being that biggest difference. We have used the term, ‘Masks are recommended, not required.’” Olin also explained that protocols can change, but school nurses are receiving at least weekly guidance from the Indiana Health Department and the CDC in order to keep our students as safe as possible. You can learn more on the corporation website at gcsc.k12.in.us

Fall events at Greenfield-Central

One of the most anticipated fall events for Greenfield-Central High School students is Homecoming, with the parade and home football game on Friday, Sept. 17 and the semi-formal fairytale-themed dance the following Saturday night. 

On Sept. 28, two special events are taking place including the GCHS Fall Choir Concert at 7 p.m. and a free mental wellness event called Rise Above It beginning at 4:30 p.m. and hosted by Hancock Healthy365. Greenfield-Central students aged 12+ and their families are encouraged to attend, with sessions including anxiety, social media and substance misuse. 

Fall break for all Greenfield-Central students and faculty will take place from Oct. 4-15, with the second quarter of the school year beginning upon their return. The Greenfield-Central Drama Program is to present their fall play called, “Any Body for Tea” on Oct. 21 and 23 at 7 p.m. as well as a matinee performance on Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. And on Oct. 28, the Greenfield-Central Junior High, in partnership with the GCS Foundation, will host a Family Literacy Night with free books, games, activities and more. 

The month of November will bring more fall school events, including an eLearning Day on Nov. 12, the GCHS Legacy Jazz Choir Concert on Nov. 19 and Thanksgiving Break on Nov. 24-26, with a Teacher Work Day on Nov. 24.

Fall sports season

The fall sports season has gone well so far, with high school teams including soccer, golf, volleyball, tennis, football, cross country and sideline cheer. In one major athletics highlight, the boys’ varsity cross country has had six first-place finishes at local meets thus far! Although there have been multiple canceled games across every team’s schedule this season (including the Homecoming football game, with a last-minute opponent replacement from Fort Laramie, Ohio) our student-athletes have been great sports and are making the most of the games they do get to play. As the fall season comes to a close in October, we look forward to the upcoming winter sports coming in November, including basketball, sideline cheer, swimming and wrestling. 

Greenfield-Central School Foundation

If you’re a parent or a community member looking for more opportunities to support student learning, one way to do so is to get involved with the Greenfield-Central School Foundation (GCSF). Founded in 1986, this organization has several programs and scholarships for students of all ages and interests. 

New for the 2021-2022 school year is the GCSF Honor Roll program, a monthly giving club with 100% of your recurring donations going directly to the classroom. And the annual Red Letter Gala is back in person this year on Saturday, Sept. 25, just in time for the event’s 10-year birthday! There’s still time to donate to this GCSF event, and you can celebrate with a one-hour video compilation of the evening for digital guests.