Middle School News March 1, 2019

Ok, looking out on my deck, winter is still alive and well!

Spelling Bee – Congratulations to 7th grader Caleb Gray, winner of the GDRMS School wide Spelling Bee! The runner up was 5th grader, Dominic Rosario. Third place was taken by Ryan Traverse, another 5th grader. Fourth place was won by 5th grader Isaac Gray. The sixth grade winner was Jenny Davey, and 8th grade winner was Ro Dudevoir. Congratulations to Caleb, and good luck for the next step which is a written test. Thank you to all contestants for their efforts. Thank you to Ms. O’Neill for running our annual Spelling Bee!

March 14 School Council, parents/faculty invited, 3:15 – 4:15 pm, MSS Library – to plan parent and student surveys

March 1 – School Brains – We are already half way through Quarter 3 – this is a great time to review grades with your middle school student. As a reminder, any student with more than one ‘F’ for a final grade may not be eligible to proceed to the next grade.

PTO News – We are looking for parents interested in continuing the work of the PTO when our leaders move on to the high school next year. Please consider attending our next PTO meeting on March 13th at 4pm in MSS Library.  Please check out the PTO website.
Don’t forget to order you spirit wear in time for spring, last call! We have lots of great options,  please click on the link below.  All proceeds go to the PTO and help support teacher and student activities. https://redbrickclothing.com/rbcmall/stores/store/283

Sports Concussions: Data Brief from MDPH compiled by our epidemiologist, Jeanne Hathaway. Some highlights include:

  • In 2017, approximately 19% of MA middle school students who played sports reported experiencing symptoms of a concussion while playing sports in the past 12 months.

  • Over the past six years, the percentage of high school athletes who reported symptoms of a sports concussion in the past 12 months decreased from 21% to 12%.

  • Approximately half of middle and high school athletes who reported symptoms of a sports concussion in 2017 continued to play sports that day. Only 37% of middle and high school athletes who reported symptoms of a sports concussion reported that they stopped playing sports that day and got checked by a health care provider.

PRIDE – Empathy: Demonstrate kindness and compassion for others.

Kathi McCollumn, Principal