GDRMS Weekly News – February 1, 2019

I don’t know if you have heard, but this is Super Bowl 2019 weekend! Go Pats!

School Brains – Hopefully you have had a chance to review Quarter 2 grades with your middle school child(ren). All grades were finalize and published to School Brain on 1/25. Meanwhile, we are already two weeks into the 3rd quarter and this quarter grades were updated on 1/30.

School Council – February’s School Council Meeting, 2/14 has been cancelled. Parents and school faculty members are invited to attend on March 14th at 3:15 pm.

Message from our GDRMS PTO: Back by popular demand, the PTO has re-opened our Spirit wear store for the month of February.  We have even added a few new items like lace-up hockey style hoodies, shorts and gym bags.  Please click on the link below to order some cool clothes and support our PTO.  The store will close on February 28th and then the orders will take a few weeks to print.  Once they are all printed I will pick them up and deliver them to your child’s homeroom.  Thank you and please contact Kerri Mercier at kerri_mercier@yahoo.com with any questions. Nashua, Lowell, Custom Embroidery & Screen Printed Apparel : Redbrick Clothing Co.

MCAS Schedule: Please make every effort to have your middle schooler present, on-time and ready for the MCAS test dates. Before you see the dates, perhaps it would help to know why we take MCAS. You may have heard (or even said) that MCAS changed education – that is certainly true, in many ways. You may have heard that teachers only teach to the test now – to the extent that MCAS assesses the Massachusetts State Curriculum, then yes we are teaching to the State standards. You may have heard that MCAS is only about memorizing facts and that is not the way of the modern world, well, there are certainly truths to that statement, however it is important for parents to know that the new generation of MCAS tests are very different than they were 26 years ago….yes MCAS has been around for 26 years! Anyway, in addition to the schedule, I thought you might like to know this as well: The new test is designed to have coherent, consistent high standards from one grade to the next and give a clear indication of students’ readiness for the next grade level and college and career. The tests focus on students’ critical thinking abilities, application of knowledge, and ability to make connections between reading and writing. The next-generation MCAS is designed to indicate where students are academically, while there is still time to get them back on track.

Grade 5 – 4/23, 4/24, 5/15, 5/16, 5/21, 5/22

Grade 6 – 4/23, 4/24, 5/15, 5/16

Grade 7 – 4/30, 5/1, 5/13, 5/14

Grade 8 – 4/30, 5/1, 5/13, 5/14, 5/21, 5/22

Ayer/Shirley Youth Football & Cheer registration: Registration Form

Enjoy the spring weather tomorrow! Kathi McCollumn, Principal

PRIDE – Respect: Demonstrate acceptance and appreciation for others.