August 29, 2020
Greetings to Middle School Families!
Wow, what a summer it has been! If ever there was a year to think about possibilities instead of impossibilities, this is the year! We will have nearly 540 students attending school in person Monday-Thursday and remotely on Fridays; and, just under 180 via remote instruction Monday – Friday. Our goal is to continue to build a welcoming and inclusive community for all students, staff and families.
GDRMS faculty reports to school on Monday, August 31st to work on final plans for our return to school. Here is a reminder about Back to School Supplies! We are looking forward to meeting students in person and remotely on September 16th. Hybrid and Remote Schedules for students entering grades 5-8.
Did you know that early last spring, two teams of GD students competed in Destination Imagination’s Regional Tournament. One team came in 2nd and the other came in 1st place! Unfortunately, the next week everything was closed down due to COVID and it seemed the end of their DI season. However, in April, DI released summer of creativity challenges. Six members of the teams decided to continue with this new DI challenge. The team met virtually twice a week April through June. They learned lessons in perseverance and technology, created amazing and innovative solutions, and performed to the best of their abilities. Working virtually, first they perfected their original central challenge and submitted it for feedback, then they completed a new central challenge, and finally they completed three Instant Challenges. In mid-July, DI held their Virtual Closing Ceremonies. Over 800 teams competed in the competition, with over 2,200 submissions, and out of all of these, the Middle Level team from Groton-Dunstable came in third place for the Virtual Team Challenge! Team members included rising 9th grader Anoushk Yadav, 8th graders Jacob Elibero, Alex Leuning, Tyler Goss, and Bryce June, and 6th grader Ashvik Yadav. Thank you to Coach Ms. Kathleen McKenzie for your efforts and for inviting us to celebrate this DI team’s accomplishments!
Here’s their winning challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpDgCEO74k0&t=6s
And, their original challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFEjO6V3c7Q.
Remote Learning Information
In the Spring, we were all thrust into remote learning unexpectedly! It was amazing how much students, faculty and parents learned from the experience. Here’s some suggestions for setting up home space for remote learning, and helping students understand Zoom expectations.
We Need You!
If you enjoy spending time with middle schoolers…we are looking for a lunch/recess monitor to help out Mondays-Thursdays 11am-12:30 pm. A reward for your time would be $12/hour and the pleasure of helping to develop young adult minds! If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, our school pictures will be taken by Lifetouch. Here’s a video clip about the Lifetouch Safety Plan: Lifetouch Pictures
September 18th – Students in our Remote Learning Model will be invited to sign up for a time slot to come into school for their annual school picture. Sign-ups to follow.
September 21st – Students in our Hybrid Learning Model will be invited to have their annual school pictures taken.
Update on Reopening Plan (8/26)
Near universal wearing of non-medical (i.e., cloth) masks can reduce community transmission of COVID-19 when combined with other mitigation strategies. Wearing masks can help minimize the chance that students contract the virus themselves or spread it to fellow students, staff members, and family members. For this reason, all students and staff wear masks throughout the school day, including on the bus and outside if a distance of six feet or more cannot be maintained.