Well, today marks the 6th week of school closure, unbelievable!
I know these are unprecedented times and I know that our GDRMS Community is strong together. Thank you to parents/guardians for your patience and understanding while we figure out this new way of schooling. Thank you to families for supporting your middle schooler(s) as we all endeavor to build their skill base and their independence with your support. Thank you to faculty for working your way through how to educate children without actually being anywhere near them, while also managing your own family situations.
Grades – Yes, all students in the District are expected to be completing assignments and will be graded on them. (Anything assigned since April 6th). Teachers (except IA) have been inputting grades into School Brains. Wednesday, April 29th marks the bi-weekly update in SB and would be a great time to look at grades with your middle school student. I have heard – ‘yes, but since grading is now Pass or Fail – probably everyone will just pass’. Let me be clear here. As of April 6th, according to the Department of Education and Governor Baker, student are required to participate in remote schooling and to complete assignments. We will maintain high standards and expectations for all of our students. We want to see growth and progress in every one of our 750 students because we believe every child can learn and we want this time to be meaningful in all of our students’ lives.
Integrated Arts (IAs) – Just a reminder, students are expected to complete an average of 3 IA activities per week of closure in order to obtain a passing grade for all enrolled IAs for Fourth Quarter. These activities can be from ANY IA class, but need to be different activities in a given week. Students can consider ‘a week’ to be Sunday to Saturday, but keep in mind that teachers will not be grading activities over the weekend. So feel free to submit activities any time. I have even heard about siblings or families getting involved in some of these exploratory activities! IA teachers will be on-going approving or suggesting improvements. Every IA activity that is approved will be credited to the student for the week it was submitted, not when it was approved. Automated emails will go out on Wednesdays for the prior week to let students know that the activity was approved or needs more work. Here is the IA link from the Remote Learning Website: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQfio_SKS-5BX6ZGgrZZVS7cYZ7Oc54lfew2g-hytJfXXwrtG2wrixCP21S_UbYwc-y5QHOqeevEns8/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.g7235e600da_0_197.
Tuesdays are now our Remote Games Day! Please let your middle school student know that they can sign up for one of four games on Tuesday, April 28th, 2-3pm. Sign ups are limited, so first come first serve. Games are run by GDRMS faculty and Student Council members. Here is the link for Sign up genius for next week’s game day. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050444AFAB2BA0F49-game1
We had a few questions about how students will get their Square 1 Art projects, Ms. Kennedy has been working on this and plans to send out notices for drop off or pick up when she has the projects in hand.
The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is scheduled to re-open today: https://loavesfishespantry.org/
Just a reminder that you can find out about happenings in the District and the Middle School on our GDRSD Remote Learning Website. Here is the GDRMS Link: https://sites.google.com/gdrsd.org/distancelearningopportunities/school-links/groton-dunstable-middle-school
PRIDE Integrity: Demonstrate honesty. Being able to own your choices. To do the right thing when no one is looking.
Kathi McCollumn, Principal