Middle School News – October 15, 2020

October 16, 2020

Greetings to Middle School Families! This was a short week, but as I walked around the buildings, staff and students were very focused. Teachers, that I saw connecting digitally with students at home, were also engaged and making the most of the short week. FYI, the same information is posted weekly on the GDRMS website, under News: https://gdrsd.org/gdrms/news/

Newsletter submitted by, Kathi McCollumn, GDRMS Principal: kmccollumn@gdrsd.org.

PTO News


Due to the safety precautions taken this year, all water fountains in the MS buildings have been turned off.  Since we want students and staff to have the ability to fill their water bottles during the day, the PTO would like to purchase two water bottle filling stations, one for each building.


We are asking for donations in order to help us make this purchase! Everyone in both buildings will benefit!


Please share with everyone you know! This is a great benefit for our school, not just for this year but for many years to come.



Health Office News

RE: Grade 7 Physical Exams: Per MA General Law c. 71 and related amendments and regulations (105 CMR 200.000-200.920) and the policy of Groton-Dunstable Regional Schools, all 7th grade students are to have a physical examination by a licensed provider.  Acceptable exam dates to satisfy the 7th grade recommendation are from 1/1/2020 to present day. If we do not have a copy of your child’s physical examination that falls within the above time frame please forward a copy to the Health office. Physicals may be scanned and emailed to the nurse, faxed to 978-448-8470, or a copy may be sent in with your child, dropped off at the North Health Office. Pediatricians may also fax forms to the attention of the school nurse at the number listed. I may be reached at (978) 448-6155 Ext. 2180 or by email at pfleming@gdrsd.org if you should have any questions. Thank you for your prompt attention. Nurse Pam Fleming

Picture Day

Picture days were on September 18 and 21. If your middle schooler missed these dates, or if you are dissatisfied with the pictures that came home, you will be able to sign up for a picture re-take on December 1st. 



When you are ordering school lunch for your middle schooler, please record the STUDENT first and last name, NOT the parent name. This will help us get the lunch to the right student much faster! Student Name Location


Remote Learning Materials Pick-up

Parents/guardians may pick up materials for their child learning in the remote model on Tuesdays 2pm-4pm & Fridays 8am-3pm. 


SEL News

Social Emotional Learning

Relationship Skills’ [10/8 – 10/30]

Every student will receive a weekly lesson in this topic: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.  The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.


★Social Engagement          

★ Relationship Building         


★ Collaboration          

★Support Systems

Here’s this week’s links that parents can use at home:  What to Do if your Child says no one will play with me


Reference Links: 

Sign up for GDRHS Honor Society Tutoring


Early Dismissals for Hybrid or Remote Students [To be completed by parent for any early dismissal]


How to order lunch


GDRMS Website


Library Books Checkout Form

Library Website


Remote Learning Tab on Website


Health Office News



Tech Tips

Remote Learning and Zoom Tips


Email Etiquette



Upcoming Dates

Oct 14 Grades were updated in School Brains

Oct 16 Sign up for Band or Chorus Due by 3

Oct 23 – This is a half day for teachers and a full day of learning for students

Oct 23 – Square One Art upload due square1art.com/shop/upload

Oct 28 – School Brains grades updated

Nov 3 – Voting in gym, No students or staff will be in the building. All students will follow a typical Tuesday schedule. 

Nov 11 – No school – Veteran’s Day

Nov 12 & 19 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, students have am schedule and pm assignments

Nov 18 – Last day of Quarter 1 – all assignments due

Nov 25 – ‘Report Cards’ Live in School Brains 3pm

Nov 25 Half Day, All students remote 

Nov 26-27 No school, Thanksgiving break

Dec 1 – Square One Art Parent ordering due: 

Dec 1 – Picture Re-take day for all students, more info to follow


P.R.I.D.E. Respect:  

  • Demonstrate acceptance. 
  • Follow expectations. 
  • Think of others. 
  • Care for people and property.