Middle School News April 2, 2020

Hey Everyone!

I hope that this is finding all in the GDRMS community doing well and keeping sane! I have enjoyed seeing the padlet for the daily school spirit theme postings! Tomorrow, everyone is encouraged to Light it up Blue for Autism awareness….so if you are in a zoom class tomorrow, be sure to have blue on!

Quarter 3: All assignments that were issued before March 12th are due to teachers by April 8th. Any student that has a failing grade and/or earned an F grade on an assignment(s) during the 3rd quarter has until April 8th to contact that teacher and complete make-up work. ‘Report Cards’ for quarter 3 will be available in School Brain on April 13th.

Teaching and Learning – The school faculty continues to work on finding ways to communicate and continue student learning for the remainder of the closure. If you have been following Dr. Chesson’s daily emails, April 6th will be a turning point for all of us in the school community. Teachers will communicate schedules, activities, assignments and requirements for student participation. Each grade level has a specific time during the day/week to connect with students so that households do not have too much overlap with devices and internet usage. If you still are in need of a chrome book or support in getting temporary internet coverage, please email our Technology Director, Luke Callahan: lcallahan@gdrsd.org .

News from GDRMS PTO: Though it might be hard to plan for May, much less next school year, the PTO would like YOU to consider being a part of the leadership team for the middle school PTO! Several of our dedicated leadership members will be “graduating” (with their 8th graders) from the middle school, and we’re looking for enthusiastic parents to step in. While the role might seem daunting, let us assure you that the middle school PTO is a completely different animal than elementary school and is minimal in time but maximum in opportunity to continue to support your child’s education (well, as much as you can get with a middle schooler!)Please give Heather Barlow a call/text (203-465-8942) if you’re even remotely interested (no commitments!) and we can explain further. Thanks!

Loaves and Fishes: This year, the Peace Club and Student Council have held food drives to gather food for the Loaves and Fishes food bank. Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to do any of these food drives in our current state, so we wanted to pass along their annual appeal: https://loavesfishespantry.org/2020-annual-appeal-lets-help-our-neighbors/ . Loaves & Fishes’ mission is to provide nutritious food, in an atmosphere of kindness and respect, to individuals in need who reside in Ayer, Devens, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Littleton and Shirley. If you and your family are in need of food, please check this brochure for more information: Loaves and Fishes .

Summer and Fall – hey might as well think about it now!

Next year’s classes: Yup, we are already thinking about fall and setting up classes! If you would like to give us input on your middle schooler(s) currently in grades 5-7, please complete this voluntary questionnaire: https://forms.gle/EL41awQyrf2SVamk6

Parents of 8th graders, here is a pretty long ppt that is choc full of information about the GD high school: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1D9E3543Ou_BlieRIlKuM7sGvJMi0_NTHeYnz-hfDckk/edit#slide=id.g1b452c6003_0_151

Summer Opportunity for students entering grades 6, 7, 8: Groton Police Department

GDRMS has PRIDE: Empathy: Demonstrate kindness. Have compassion for others.

Be well. Be kind to each other!

Kathi McCollumn