Middle School News – March 6, 2020

Good Evening – here’s some news from the Middle School….and there is a lot going on!

All available grades should be up to date in School Brains  as of this past Wednesday, March 4th. This is a good time to review grades with your child(ren).

Looking for something fun to do this Sunday? How about cheering on our Destination Imagination Teams? DI Tournament – Chelmsford

Daylight Savings Time turn the clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night – https://www.timeanddate.com/time/change/usa

6th grade and 8th grade Parents/Guardians: The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to be administered to students in grades 6 and 8. Please review these documents: YRBS InformationFAQsParent Opt out Information

Kids Night Out – our Student Council is hosting this event for students in grades 5 & 6 on March 20th: Kids Night Out

STEM Challenge – STEM Challenge  on March 27th

Lunch/Recess Monitor – we are looking for another lunch/recess monitor: the hours are great: 10:30 – noon; the pay is: real, but the appreciation is even greater! If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity to help shape young minds, please send me an email!

8th Grade Parents/Guardians: News from GDRHS: Program of Studies Information Night will be on March 19th at 6pm in the Black Box Theater. The annual Program of Studies Night is geared mostly for incoming 9th graders it will be informative for anyone interested in learning more about program offerings for next school year.

Cell phones are a necessary part of life. Along with the good, comes issues to deal with. Please be aware that if your middle schooler is found to be using a cell phone for ANY reason other than requested/allowed by a teacher, the phone will be confiscated. Upon the first time the student can pick up the phone at the end of the day; for the sceond offense a parent will need to pick up the phone; upon the third offense, the phone will be banned for the rest of the year. Honestly, there is absolutely NO reason for a student that have a phone at school. Please do not text your child during the day either. If you need to get a message to them, please call our office and if they need to speak with you they are allowed to use the office phone.

Here are some pointers that might be very helpful for parents to think about:

a. Check their devices RANDOMLY AND OFTEN.  You need to learn how to navigate their world. Inform yourself on how to use certain apps. Keep up with what apps are the most downloaded in the App Store. Make your kid show you their content and conversations and explain to you what is going on. Then give them advice. MAKE CONTENT WITH THEM and be part of their online presence. Here is an app that might help you continually monitor your children’s usage: https://www.bark.us/.

b. Create opportunities for them to have experiences: Take them to do new things, see new things, and learn new things. This not only strengthens their brain development, emotional development, and builds resiliency in kids but it also strengthens your relationship with them.

c. Manage phone usage after hours: And finally, do not let them take their phones into their rooms, shut their doors, and disappear for hours. Nothing good ever happens on the internet behind closed doors. The online world is by far the most dangerous place our students go to every day. We can’t assume that they will intuitively know how to navigate the dangers of the online world on their own.

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

Kathi McCollumn, Principal