Middle School News December 7, 2019

Don’t worry – I did not forget the weekly GDRMS news!

Friday, 12/13 will be a half day of school, with dismissal at 11:30. All teachers and administrators will be working on a wide range of professional development pursuits, designed to meet specific teacher goals for growth.

Winter Break will begin after a full day of school on 12/20 and end on Sunday 1/5/2020! It is a long break this year, we encourage you to tell your middle schoolers that their principal said they should read every day!

2008 wasn’t really all that long ago, however, in terms of students and the impact they feel from social media, it might as well have been the dark ages, back when I was a middle schooler….before cell phones…can you believe it? Anyway, this article is worth the read about how social media impacts students every day. If the link does not work, copy and paste it in a browser: https://www.waituntil8th.org/blog/2018/11/12/middle-school-misfortunes-then-and-now-one-teachers-take?fbclid=IwAR3f5TUi3VynLqXQhyir42Ad3hQtI4KFKWpBVuthOTsA0BEbdIOH22559ok#

GD Youth Football Interest – looking for feedback from 7th and 8th graders regarding interest in a league: Football

News from the Health Office: Please be aware, it is cold and flu season. It is also common for there to be other contagious illnesses going around this time of year. In order to reduce the spread of illness, please remember your child must stay home from school for the following reasons:

  • Fever of 100 F or higher – Students need to be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school.  Fever-reducing medicine may cover-up a fever, and the fever could return when the medicine wears off.  Your child should remain home for 24 hours after the fever has passed.
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea – Student may return to school 12-24 hours after last episode at the School Nurse’s discretion.
  • Uncontrollable Cough
  • Contagious Bacterial Infection (such as strep throat, conjunctivitis, impetigo, etc.) – Students need to be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Suspicious Rash – Student may return to school with written documentation from healthcare provider certifying that the rash is not contagious.
  • Serious Illness or Injury

Please call us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us keep the Middle School healthy! Laura Gray, RN (978) 448-6155 Ext 3116 and Pam Fleming, RN (978) 448-6155 Ext 2180

News from Student Council and Peace Club: This year GDRMS , Student Council and Peace Club will be helping the Groton Neighborhood Food Project by sponsoring Spirit Days. As a ticket to Spirit Day Student Council is asking that all participants donate a boxed or food item to Loaves and Fishes.  Our Spirit Day will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2019. Spirit Day “theme” will be Ugly Sweater Day! Donation bins will be located outside of the South and North entrance buildings on Friday morning, December 13th.

News from GDEF: Message from Groton Dunstable Education Foundation (GDEF):  Looking for a great way to recognize a teacher or staff member over the holiday season?  Groton Dunstable Education Foundation’s Teaching Stars make a perfect gift. Your designated teacher or staff member will receive a personalized Teaching Star Certificate, and a donation in their name will be made to GDEF.  The deadline to buy a Teaching Star is 12/16 to guarantee delivery before the holiday break. For more information or to buy online visit: https://www.gdefinc.org/teaching-star

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful day! Kathi McCollumn, Principal

PRIDE: Determination: Be ready to learn. Don’t give up. Work hard.